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

Kolkata metro rail expansion project faces hurdles

Insufficient allocation of funds in the railway budget 2013-14 for the expansion of the metro rail network in Kolkata may affect the execution of the project.

The budget 2013-14 earmarked only Rs 475 crore for all four network expansion projects envisaged by West Bengal government, as against a budget allocation of Rs 6,000 crore and Rs 4,000 crore respectively in 2011-12 and 2012-13.

Former Railway Minister, Mamata Banerjee, had announced as many as four projects that envisaged to add about 85 km to the existing 25.20 km metro network in the city.

Besides insufficient funding, land acquisition issues and non-cooperation from the state government are also threatening the future of the projects.

If the current situation prevails, all the four projects - New Garia-Airport, Noapara-Airport, Joka-BBD Bag, DumDum-Baranagar-Dakhineswar-Barrackpore - will fail to meet the 2015-16 deadline with each of the four projects facing some problem or the other, mostly related to land.

Not just the Kolkata metro projects, the state’s non-cooperation is evident in the East West Metro project (Howrah-Salt Lake), of which the state is no longer a stake-holder.

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