The Joka-Majerhat Metro service is expected to start shortly with the land dispute to set up the car shed at Joka being sorted out by the state government. Moreover, Rs 580 crore has also being sanctioned to construct the car shed without which it was not possible to implement the project.
Though the work of laying tracks from Joka to Majerhat had been taking place on a war footing basis; without the car shed, the project could not have been completed.
The car shed is essential for maintenance of the Metro rakes and at the same time, there was a requirement of a plot where the system of changing tracks has to be set up. On February 7, a high-level meeting held in Nabanna between representatives of the RVNL and senior officials of the state government including the Chief Secretary Basudeb Banerjee. Mayor Sovan Chatterjee took the initiative to sort out the existing land issue where owners of 12 buildings on the route of the Metro project were rehabilitated.
Sources said that there was a recent meeting in this regard in Delhi and subsequently, the money to construct the car shed was sanctioned. The Rail Vikash Nigam Limited (RVNL) will be floating the tender soon to set up the car shed. This comes at the time when the state government has provided lateral assistance and helped in solving out the land dispute that was causing an obstacle on the path of implementing the project. It was taken up when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee was the Railway minister and the foundation stone of the Metro project was laid in the presence of the then President Pratibha Patil. But the project got delayed for various reasons. Finally, it was decided to complete the 7.74 km-long Metro project from Joka to Majerhat in the first phase. But problems cropped up with non-availability of land to set up the car shed.