Kolkata (KOAA): Minister of State for Railways Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury has sought the State Government’s cooperation to complete the ongoing metro rail expansion projects in and around Kolkata.
According to Chowdhury, the Rs 4,874-crore East-West metro corridor and other major metro projects connecting various parts of the city with the central business district are stuck primarily owing to hurdles over land acquisition.
“We cannot progress on the projects due to lack of cooperation on the part of State government to solve the problem of land encroachment. And, it is not possible for the Indian Railways to do it alone,” Chowdhury said here on Sunday. He was speaking at the inauguration of metro services this morning.
The Minister also alleged that the State was indulging in “a war of credit” for these projects.
Ahead of Christmas, Kolkata metro has gifted its commuters a morning service on Sunday too. The Metro Railway, Kolkata, will run metro services from 10 a.m. on Sundays, beginning today. A train will be available every half an hour till 2 p.m. on Sundays and thereafter, regular services will continue.
Last month, Chowdhury urged the Railways to consider the possibility of increasing metro services on Sundays.
A Mobile Train Radio Communication technology was launched on Sunday for better communication between the motormen and the controllers. This technology will help commuters get mobile access when trains remain inside the tunnel.