Railways in charge of East-West Metro project

Agreeing to railways' proposal, the Urban Development Ministry on Monday decided to hand over the East-West Metro project in Kolkata to the railways for execution.

"Railways is taking over the East-West Metro project in Kolkata and modalities are being worked out for the handing over the project from the Urban Development Ministry to Railway Ministry," Minister of State for Urban Development Saugata Roy told reporters here after a high-level meeting between officials from both ministries.

Besides senior officials of Railways and Urban Development ministries, the West Bengal Chief Secretary, the Kolkata Metro Managing Director and officials from the Department of Economic Affairs were also present at the meeting chaired by Railway Minister Dinesh Trivedi.

Partly funded by Japan, the 14-km long East-West Metro will run from Salt Lake to Howrah station. Around 100-feet of the stretch, between Mahakaran (BBD Bag) and Howrah stations, will be under the Hooghly river, a first of its kind in the country. "Two committees are working out modalities for the handing over the project and 15 days has been given to them to finalise the modalities, including the funding pattern and other related issues," Roy said, adding "reports of the committees will go to the Union Cabinet for formal handover."

The project is estimated to cost Rs 4844 crore.

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