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West Bengal: Foundation of Joka-BBD Bag Metro line

In the Railway Budget 2010-11, Calcutta was promised of 82km of Metro tracks at an estimated cost of ` 11,000 crore. The Budget presented by Mamata Banerjee mentioned four major Metro projects:

  1. Joka-BBD Bag through Majherhat,
  2. Noapara-Barasat through airport,
  3. Dum Dum-New Garia through Rajarhat
  4. Baranagar to Barrackpore and Dakshineswar.

Planning Commission had already sanctioned these projects. Among them the Joka-BBD Bag line would be covering a distance of 16.75km and would be mostly elevated.

  • The Joka-BBD Bag line is a stand-alone system, not connected with the existing Kolkata Metro.

    The Dum Dum-New Garia project will be 32km long and touch the airport. The Noapara-Barasat line via airport will cover 18.3km. The Baranagar-Barrackpore route will cover 12.5km while the one to Dakshineswar will be 2km long.

On 22 September, 2010, President Pratibha Patil lays the foundation for the Joka-BBD Bagh Metro Rail Project. Bengal Governor M K Narayanan, Mamata Banerjee and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee were present, but the chief minister was not invited. The Joka-BBD Bag stretch would link the South 24-Paraganas district with the heart of the city.

The cost of this project is ` 2,619.02 crore.

  • Please note that this project is not under Indian Railways directly but is under Rail Vikas Nigam Limited, which was created by the Indian Railways to remove the bottleneck in development.
  • The Kolkata Metro, which is first of its kind in India is run by the Indian Railways and is considered to have the status of a zonal railway.
  • Kolkata Railways is the only metro in India under the Indian Railways.
  • Delhi Metro is being built and operated by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation Limited (DMRC).

Fact Box: Rail Vikas Nigham Ltd.

  • RVNL's creation was approved by the Government of India on 19.12.2002 and it was registered as a Company under the Companies Act, 1956 on 24th January 2003. It is 100% Government owned Central Public Sector Undertaking.


Last Updated: January 31, 2012