Urban Railways

New Garia Metro Work Resumes

Construction of the New Garia-Airport Metro stretch has resumed following the government orders regarding relaxation during the lockdown. The work resumed at Hemanta Mukherjee (Ruby Hospital) station as the 5km stretch between New Garia and Ruby Crossing, the first phase of the 32km corridor, is a priority and due to be commissioned in 2021.

“We have disinfected the entire construction area before resuming work. All precautions, including temperature screening, are being taken. Labourers are wearing masks and maintaining social distancing while working,” said a senior official.

Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), the implementing agency for the city’s Metro projects, wants to proceed with construction of the portions of viaduct between the New Garia station and the Ruby crossing to facilitate operations on the 5km stretch by September 2021.

The beginning of operations on this truncated stretch on the New Garia-Airport route has been pushed back from the previously targeted December 2020 deadline. Officials said the labourers will be completing the construction of roofs, platform shades and foot overbridges at the five stations of this stretch. They will also construct the 400m viaduct from the terminal station at New Garia.

“We have also conducted health check-ups for labourers with the help of doctors and provided them hand sanitizers and masks. We are making them aware of safety guidelines,” said a senior official. The work has resumed after the home affairs ministry allowed some economic activities.

Officials said the New Garia-Airport Metro project, which received Rs 328 crore in the 2020-21 budget, will try to show significant progress in the next few months so that it receives a higher allocation. Tenders have been awarded for track-laying and signalling.