Kolkata Metro ask State Government to hand over land for East-West Metro

The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation wrote to the state government asking it to hand over land for the East-West Metro at Bowbazar in compliance with a high court order.

The high court on Thursday upheld its interim order allowing land acquisition in Bowbazar for the project, saying the authorities could “expeditiously complete” the task of taking possession of a plot crucial to the Salt Lake-Howrah link.

“The high court order has removed all obstacles. So we are writing to the state government asking it to hand over the land at Bowbazar, and to Calcutta police for making land available on Brabourne Road for Mahakaran station,” a railway ministry official said.

The judgment, he said, would facilitate the laying of tracks between Central station and Howrah following the original alignment. The Mamata Banerjee government prefers an alternative alignment on the stretch.

“Now (following the high court ruling) there is no point talking about an alternative alignment,” the official said.

The Trinamul MP from Howrah, Prasun Banerjee, said he would request the government to expedite the process of handing over land to KMRC.

The plot was acquired several years ago but the government has yet to take possession of it. Urban development minister Firhad Hakim had said forceful eviction of the people occupying the land was not an option.