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Construction : Web Exclusive | February 2013 | Source : Construction Update

KMRC not in favour of proposed alignment

Owing to additional cost, the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) rejected the proposal to realign the East-West Metro route.

In order to connect Kolkata's 'Silicon Valley' at Salt Lake Sector V with Howrah Maidan in the west, Indian Railways proposed the Rs 4,874-crore East-West Metro corridor project.

The new alignment, proposed by RITES, will cover an additional 1.5 km in the central business district, connecting Esplanade and Dalhousie and may cost Rs 157 crore in addition.

Already, the delay in construction is bleeding the KMRC of Rs 40 crore a day. According to KMRC, the realignment would cost at least another Rs 600 crore and feels that there is no solid enough reason to allow that.

The realignment had been proposed to avoid the acquisition of 1.599 acre near Central station, where the East-West route was supposed to meet the existing North-South Metro.

The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica), which is funding 46.22 percent of the total cost, had earlier threatened to pull out of the project over the proposed realignment.

The KMRC is now desperate to get out of the land hurdles as fast possible as the project has already suffered much time and cost overrun.

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