Kolkata, India (Urban Transport News): Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi today inaugurated the extension of the Kolkata Metro Line-1 from Noapara to Dakshineswar which is famous for the temple of Goddess Kali. He flagged off a metro train from Noapara to Dakshineswar from a program in the Hooghly district.
The 4.1 km long Noapara - Dakshineswar stretch constructed at a cost of Rs 464 crores. This stretch is part of Kolkata Metro's North-South Corridor which will now connect Dakshineswar to Kavi Subhas Nagar.
While addressing a public meeting in Hooghly, Prime Minister said:
"Today, Bengal is taking a big step to prove its resolve for fast development. Last time I came here to give you the gift of gas connectivity and infrastructure projects. Today, important works to strengthen rail and metro connectivity are going to be inaugurated.
Prime Minister said that the new lines will reduce congestion and ensure better connectivity.
"Modern highways, railways, airways, the infrastructure of many countries helped those nations to become modern, where it became a major cause for positive change. Our country should have done the same thing decades ago. But it did not happen," he added.
Apart from Kolkata Metro, he also flagged off several development projects in West Bengal including the third line between Kalaikunda and Jhargram, doubling of Azimganj to Khagraghat Road section, the fourth line between Dankuni and Barbara, and the third line between Rasulpur and Magra.
The inauguration will help connect thousands of people in the 4.1 km stretch between Noapara and Dakshineswar.
Inauguration of 4.1 km long Metro extension from Noapara to Dakshineswar will benefit 50,000 commuters daily, said Metro Railways officials. After the opening of this stretch, the metro now completes a total of 39.2 km network in Kolkata.
This extended stretch will provide fast, easy, pollution-free travel, bereft of traffic snarls to thousands of commuters in the city and its adjoining areas. Around 50,000 daily commuters coming from Howrah, Hooghly, and North 24 Parganas will be benefited from this extension. Passengers of the Howrah-Bardhaman Mainline, Chord line, Howrah-Katwa line and Howrah-Tarakeswar branch line of Eastern Railway will be able to avail Metro services by merely crossing the Bally Bridge. Students, professors, and foreign scholars of the Indian Statistical Institute, Baranagar Campus, Rabindra Bharati University, and the Economics Department of Calcutta University will also be benefited. Baranagar and Dakshineswar stations built on this extended stretch, are in close proximity to Eastern Railway’s Baranagar and Dakshineswar stations and Belghoria Expressway, the Gateway to the North 24 Parganas district.
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