A tender worth Rs 103.1 crore was floated for New Garia Metro car depot so that some crucial work can run parallel at the depot land. Completion of the depot is key to the truncated New Garia-Ruby Park (Hemanta Mukherjee) Metro service that’s scheduled to start in early 2022.
Though the construction of the depot just beside the current North-South (Noapara-New Garia) Metro depot on railway land is on in full swing, the tender was sought 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 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. The depot is very crucial for integrating the country’s oldest Metro corridor with New Garia-Airport line, said an RVNL official.
However, the worry is over the completion of the second New Garia (Kavi Subhash) Metro Station which will again be integrated with the old New Garia station and there will be an easy passenger interface from North-South to New Garia-Airport.
The new station will have parking space below it, passenger ticket collection system at ground level, elevated platform for New Garia Airport line and another storey for the proposed section of New Garia-Bauripur. The feasibility study of the New Garia-Baruipur line is done, but it’s yet to get a stamp of approval from Railway Board.
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 converging here, 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.