Date of Post: 08 Dec, 2018
Kolkata: The Railway Board has given its nod to begin construction on the 3.5km long Airport-Barasat Metro line, according to a report. Additional funds of Rs 1,622 have also been approved for the metro line, it said.
- Once completed till New Barrackpore, the Metro link will provide faster access to Calcutta from the northern suburbs, The Telegraph reported.
- The original plan to construct elevated tracks till the airport had to be modified in favour of underground construction as airport authorities objected to an elevated viaduct being built so close to the landing zones for aircraft.
- The Airport-Barasat line is expected to be completed in 4 years.
- The Railway board has now raised the budget for the project from Rs 3,207 crore to Rs 4829.57 crore, all but assuring that the project can start in earnest.
- Underground construction entails cost escalation by two-and-a-half times.
- For each kilometre, the estimated cost is Rs 500-600 crore.
- In the original plan, 2 stations were to be built along the stretch from Birati to New Barrackpore.
- In the reworked plan, a station has been proposed at Michael Nagar.
- In the proposal sent to the board, it was mentioned that construction of tunnels would done through the old cut-and-cover method, official said.
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