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Indian Real Estate News : Kolkata
Metro work to start in Sealdah soon
Source: Sep 04, 2011

Notwithstanding reservations expressed by the railways on the selection of the spot for the underground station, Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation (KMRC) plans to start construction work at Sealdah soon.

While both the railways and the Kolkata Police believe that this may cause a traffic bottleneck around the station - one of the busiest in the country that handles over a million suburban commuters and long-distance passengers daily - KMRC officials say that work for the East-West corridor would never get completed in time unless construction starts soon.

"Several meetings have been held between the railways, KMRC and Kolkata Police, to chalk out plans. Another meeting was to be held on Friday but this had to be deferred because of the Argentina-Venezuela match. The railways have no problem if we start work near the B R Singh Hospital. There are apprehensions that construction work may hamper the movement of traffic there. But, people will face some problems for the betterment of the city. For a long time now, there has been a lot of talk but little progress. We don't want any further delay and work will start soon," a KMRC official said.

KMRC wants to work at two separate locations in the Sealdah station complex. One of these locations is near the B R Singh Hospital where an underground crossover point will be constructed. This crossover point is necessary as KMRC plans to start running trains between Salt Lake and Sealdah in the first phase. Metro trains that reach Sealdah will have to be shifted to the other platform for its return journey to Salt Lake. This is why the crossover point is so crucial. According to an Eastern Railway official, there are no problems concerning the spot chosen for the crossover point. It is the location of the metro station that has got the officials worried.

"KMRC wants to construct the station under the spot from where we operate 12-coach EMU trains in the Sealdah South section. If we allow them to start construction, we shall not be able to use two lines for the EMU locals. To increase capacity for suburban passengers, we are converting nearly all our local trains into 12-coach ones. We don't want our commuters to suffer due to the construction work at Sealdah. We have urged KMRC officials to reconsider their plans and select another location," a railway official said.

The railways and KMRC didn't see eye to eye on several issues ever since the East-West corridor was planned. Several railway officials had objected to the selection of a standard gauge by the KMRC as the existing North South metro uses the broad gauge. They had pointed out the two systems can never be integrated in the future due to the selection of standard gauge by KMRC. There had also been problems with land at the Howrah and Sealdah stations. The railways had not agreed to allow construction at Howrah or Sealdah as the movement of commuters and long-distance passengers would get affected.

After the new government came to power in the state, people expected better co-ordination between the railways and the KMRC, part of which is owned by the state government. Recently, retired railway officials have been deputed to KMRC to speed up construction. It can also be hoped that these officials will help to create better understanding between the two organizations.
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