The Kolkata Metro has got Rs 2,316.2 cr allocation for 2022-23 fiscal. This is slightly more than the last year’s allocation. However, some metro projects including Joka-Esplanade, Garia-Airport and Noapara-Barasat have got their funding slashed by at least Rs 118 cr this year.
Meanwhile, the metro’s East-West corridor has been allocated Rs 1,100 cr as against last year’s Rs 900 cr, an increase of additional Rs 200 cr, according to a report in Times of India.
The corridor, which currently operates 7-km between Sector 5 and Phoolbagan, has December 2022 target for completion for the total 16-km stretch. Once operational till Howrah Maidan, the trains will run under the river for the first time in India.
“The Railway Board may have reserved some of the Rs 1,100 cr for further extension of East-West Metro,” teh report quoted Manas Sarkar, MD, Kolakata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC).
Quoting sources, the report further said that huges money was spent on tunneling and East-West Metro corridor is nearing completion. So, all Rs 1,100 cr may not be required in full.
According to Protyush Ghosh, Metro Railway DGM, the 7-km Noapara-Barasat via airport link has been allocated Rs 506 cr. This is 14 cr less than last year’s 520 cr. This corridor has a deadline of 2023 with a has 2-km underground section. The project is being implemented by Metro Railway and work continued despite the COVID-19 pandemic.