Once again the state government has planned to start the Noapara-Barasat metro project after rehabilitating those who have encroached upon the land. The project has been stalled since more than four years.
After removing the encroachment, state government will start the project work at Barahanagar, Kamarhati, Dum Dum, South Dum and various other areas under the municipality. Following the orders of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, senior police officials met with civic authorities to discuss various issued related to this project.
Banerjee has handed over the main responsibility of this project to Transport Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay. She also asked Dum Dum MLA Brartya Basu to take initiative in this project. According to information, Bandyopadhyay has already started assessing the situation.
The Noapara-Barasat corridor is supposed to pass through a land owned by Saregama Limited. The state government had vested the land for construction but Saregama moved the court against it, leaving the future of the project uncertain.
From Noapara to Barasat, the alignment will be elevated and pass through Ramakrishna Palli and Santinagar stations whereas the underground track will pass through DumDum Cantonment and Jessore Road before converging with other routes at the airport station. From here, both the lines will run parallel to NH-34 till Nawali Khal.
However, the future of the alignment beyond airport is still uncertain. The Metro Railway authorities had written to the Railway Board in May last year and requested it to modify the plan — to truncate it at airport — with no visible headway beyond the airport.