Union Cabinet approves revised cost for Kolkata East-West Metro Corridor

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KOLKATA (Metro Rail News): The Union Cabinet has approved the revised cost estimates for construction of Kolkata East-West Corridor project as per realigned route. The project will be implemented by the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation.
The estimated completion cost of the project is Rs 8,575 crore, with the Ministry of Railway’s share as Rs 3,268.27 crore, the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs’ share as Rs 11,48.31 crore and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) loan of Rs 4,158.40 crore. The 5.3 km long elevated corridor is already commissioned since 14 February 2020. Further 1.67 km will be commissioned in October 2020. The target date for completion of the entire project is December 2021.
The mega project aims to create efficient transit connectivity between the business district of Kolkata with the industrial city of Howrah in the west and Salt Lake City in the east through a safe, accessible and comfortable mode of public transport. The project will ease traffic congestion and provide a cleaner mobility solution for city dwellers. It will provide an economic, efficient and eco-friendly transit solution to Kolkata.
It will integrate multiple modes of transport like Metro, suburban railways, ferry and bus transport by constructing interchange hubs. This will ensure smooth and seamless mode of transport to lakhs of daily commuters.
The project envisages construction of 16.6 km long Metro Rail Corridor, including a tunnel below the river Hooghly which is the first transportation tunnel in India under any major river as well as Howrah station which is one of the deepest Metro stations in India.

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