Kolkata residents upbeat with Metro’s east-west corridor (Lead)June 6th, 2008 - 12:49 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, June 5 (IANS) The residents of Kolkata are upbeat following the central government’s approval Thursday for the city Metro’s east-west corridor project, a part of which will run under the river Ganges. The 13.77 km east-west corridor will be built at a cost of Rs.46.76 billion and a part of it will run below the Ganges.
Subrata Mukherjee, a Congress lawmaker and former city mayor, told IANS: “We are happy that Government of India is doing so much for Kolkata.”
This extension will help the people staying in Howrah and Salt Lake.
Pradip Kar, a resident of Salt Lake said: “This is a very good news for us. I have relatives at Howrah. Now I can travel without much trouble and can reach there in much less time.”
C.K. Dhanuka, Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry’s (Ficci) eastern regional council chairman, said: “Definitely it is a good thing to happen. It will redefine the boundaries of Kolkata.”
He said this will help reduce the burgeoning traffic congestion.
The project will be completed in six-and-a-half years by a joint venture company, which will be formed by the central government and the West Bengal government.
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