KOLKATA (Metro Rail News): A tender of Rs 103.1 crore has been aired for developing the New Garia Metro car depot to complete some crucial works on time. The development of the depot will play a crucial role in the operation of the New Garia-Ruby Park (Hemanta Mukherjee) Metro service which is scheduled to be operational by 2022.
The slow pace of work has worried the Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) and it is taking necessary steps to speed up the process. The present North-South (Noapara-New Garia) Metro depot on railway land is reported to be on full swing.
The tender has been released to complete a series of works, including water supply, drainage and sewage, road, tracks, power supply, general electrical works, supply and installation and commission of machinery and plants for setting up of the car depot.
Once ready, it will be one of the biggest integrated Metro car depots in the city as per the media reports which will further help to serve the North-South and New Garia-Airport alignments. The depot will also facilitate the movement of cars from North-South alignment to New Garia-Airport alignment. It is being seen as crucial because it connects the New Garia-Airport line.
With the construction of this Metro car yard, New Garia emerges as a major railway hub as suburban Sealda-Namkhana line also merges here. “Because of passengers of three busy lines, we are working on an efficient passenger dispersal system,” said a senior state official.
More than 85% of civil engineering work for the main station building is over. Metro Railway hopes to make the station for the airport line operational by December 2020, using the existing maintenance shed for Kavi Subhash-Dum Dum corridor as per the official sources.