Details of Railway Projects Inaugurated/Dedicated to the Nation by Hon'ble Prime Minister in West Bengal
In the 2021-2022 Union Budget, an amount of Rs.6636 crores have been allocated for West Bengal which is 52% more than the average Budget allocation of 2009 -2014 (Rs. 4380 crores per year).
Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi inaugurated several Railway projects for the people of West Bengal in a function held at Dunlop Estate Village.
Details of the projects inaugurated/dedicated by Hon’ble Prime Minister are:
Ø4.1 kms extension from Noapara to Dakshineswar & Flagging off first Metro service in Noapara and Dakshineswar section:
The much awaited extension from Noapara to Dakshineswar of Metro Railway was inaugurated and the first service was flagged off by Hon’ble Prime Minister. This 4.1 kms extension from Noapara to Dakshineswar has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 464 crores., fully funded by the Govt. of India.
This extended stretch will provide fast, easy, pollution-free travel, bereft of traffic snarls to thousands of commuters in the city and its adjoining areas. Around 50,000 daily commuters coming from Howrah, Hooghly, and North 24 Parganas will be benefited from this extension. Passengers of Howrah-Bardhaman Main line, Chord line, Howrah-Katwa line and Howrah-Tarakeswar branch line of Eastern Railway will be able to avail Metro services by merely crossing the Bally Bridge. Students, professors and foreign scholars of Indian Statistical Institute, Baranagar Campus, Rabindra Bharati University and Economics Department of Calcutta University will also be benefited. Baranagar and Dakshineswar stations built on this extended stretch, are in close proximity to Eastern Railway’s Baranagar and Dakshineswar stations and Belghoria Expressway, the Gateway to the North 24 Parganas district.
With this extension, lakhs of tourists and devotees will be able to visit the two world famous Kali Temples at Kalighat and Dakshineswar easily by Metro. Commuting from Dakshineswar to Kavi Subhash (New Garia) by Metro will take only 62 minutes as compared to 2 ½ hours by road.
The two newly built stations at Baranagar and Dakshineswar are replete with modern passenger amenities like lifts, escalators, toilets, tactiles, sitting chairs and various safety arrangements like fire fighting facilities, Earthquake Monitoring and Lightning Protection System etc. These two stations are also aesthetically designed and decorated with murals, photographs, sculptures and idols.
Ø3rd line between Kalaikunda and Jhargram (30 km) of the 132 kms long Kharagpur-Adityapur Third Line Project of South Eastern Railway:
The Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi also inaugurated the third line between Kalaikunda and Jhargram (30 km) of the 132 kms long Kharagpur-Adityapur Third Line Project of South Eastern Railway which was sanctioned with an estimated cost of Rs.1,312 crores. This project covers 55 kms in West Bengal and 77 kms in Jharkhand. In the 2021-22 Budget an amount of Rs.225 crores have been allotted for this project.
There are 5 major bridges and 43 minor bridges between Kalaikunda and Jhargram. The four stations between Kalaikunda and Jhargram have been redeveloped by constructing 4 new station buildings, 6 new foot over bridges and 11 new platforms along with renovation of the existing infrastructure.
Commissioning of this 3rd line will help to improve mobility in Kharagpur-Adityapur section and will ensure seamless movement of passenger and freight trains on Howrah-Mumbai Trunk route.
ØDoubling of Azimganj to Khagraghat Road section (14.60 Kms):
The Prime Minister also dedicated the doubling of Azimganj to Khagraghat Road section which is a part of Howrah – Bandel- Azimganj section of Eastern Railway, at a project cost of Rs. 239.38 crores. This route is extremely important for movement of passengers and freight to North –Eastern states as it acts as an alternate route from Kolkata to New Jalpaiguri and Guwahati and connects important power plants of Sagardighi of West Bengal Power Development Corporation Limited, NTPC Farakka and places of religious and historical importance.
Ø4th line between Dankuni and Baruipara (11.28 kms) & 3rd line between Rasulpur and Magra(42.42 kms):
The Prime Minister also dedicated the fourth line between Dankuni and Baruipara (11.28 kms) of Howrah –Bardhaman Chord line and the third line between Rasulpur and Magra(42.42 kms) of Howrah –Bardhaman Main line, which serves as a principal Gateway of Kolkata. Both these projects are super critical projects and will enhance capacity on highly utilized network in the Hooghly district of West Bengal.
Commissioning of the third line between Rasulpur and Magra section, at a cost of Rs. 759 crores will help in running more passenger and goods trains on this saturated section.
Commissioning of the fourth line between Dankuni and Baruipara on the oversaturated Howrah –New Delhi Rajdhani route at a project cost of Rs. 195 crores will also help in running more passenger and goods trains.
These projects of Eastern and South Eastern Railway will ensure better operational fluidity and ensure less journey time and safety of train operations as well as overall economic growth of the region.