Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu visits Kolkata, announces a slew of new projects in state Commuters in Sonarpur and Baruipur may soon find their daily grind easing up a bit with the announcement of new EMU services for these areas by Railway Minister Suresh Prabhakar Prabhu on Saturday (June 06). Prabhu made the announcements at Dr. B C Roy Auditorium in Sealdah area. The minister flagged off four new EMU services viz. Sonarpur – Mathurapur Road, Mathurapur Road – Baruipur, Baruipur – Diamond Harbour and Diamond Harbour – Sonarpur of Sealdah Division. ... more...
Besides, the minister inaugurated a number of passenger amenity projects, dedicated doubling projects and laid the foundation stone of some key projects under eastern & south eastern railway.
He inaugurated a pre-printed ticket printing machine at Howrah Printing Press, a Sports Complex at Kanchrapara, True Colour Display for passenger information system at Sealdah Main station and Wi-Fi facility at Howrah station.
The minister also announced the doubling of railway lines for routes, including Dakshin Barasat – Mathurapur, Dainhat – Purbasthali, Dhatrigram – Ambika Kalna, Dhatrigram – Purbasthali, Nalhati – Moregram, Phulia – Kalinarayanpur, Bhagwangola – Jiaganj, Krishnanagar – Plassey, Poradanga – Monigram, Tinpahar – Maharajpur & Sahibganj – Pirpainti. The double lines will cover a distance of about of 219.43 kms on Eastern Railway.
The construction of a third line between Shyamchak and Kharaghpur was also announced. Doubling of railway line will also take place between Tamluk and Basulyasutahata.
The minister also informed reporters about the progress of 129 ongoing Railway projects in West Bengal covering a total length of 3282 kms at a cost of Rs.26381 crores.
“Out of these, 30 projects have already been commissioned at a cost of Rs.2177 crores. Out of total of 69 new line construction projects at a cost of Rs.13213 crores, 5 projects have been commissioned at a cost of Rs.1086 crores. In gauge conversion also out of 6 projects, 2 projects have been commissioned covering a length of 136 kms at a cost of Rs.524 crores. In doubling, out of 54 projects, 23 projects have been commissioned. Allotment of fund has been enhanced this year considerably in comparison to previous year,” he claimed.