Kolkata: The New Garia Airport Metro corridor, which has come a long way by crossing multiple hurdles, is poised to start operations on the 5km stretch — between Kavi Subhas and Ruby Hospital — by June 2018. With Metro general manager Vishwesh Chaubey closely monitoring the progress of the project, the latest problem, where 11 shopowners have encroached upon vested land near Baghajatin rail bridge, is likely to resolved within a week.
“The project has been progressing quite well. Majority of the hurdles have been crossed. In case of any new hurdle, general manager Vishwesh Chaubey will personally take steps to solve them,” said Metro Railway chief public relations officer Indrani Banerjee.
A Metro assessment shows the project, which is being carried out executing agency Rail Vikash Nigam Limited (RVNL), is progressing on war-footing. The alignment, which will be moving through the city’s newest healthcare district, is expected to take away the load off the road and provi de faster means of transportation to and from the airport.
The project has, however, suffered many stumbling blocks in the past. Its terminal station at New Garia was uncertain after local squatters chased away pro ject engineers and staged an agitation. Finally, the state government intervened and mayor Sovon Chatterjee made it clear to the squatters that they have to move out.The move cleared a very crucial hurdle, blocking the completion of the stretch.