The Airport-New Garia Metro corridor has hit a fresh hurdle. Eight buildings opposite Captain Bheri on EM Bypass have come in the way of the project.
Since last October, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), the agency implementing the 32km Metro link, has managed to build nearly 200 metres of viaduct — from piers 302 to 309 — opposite Captain Bheri.
They are now stuck at this point because of these eight structures, including a fourstorey building. Most of these buildings were built before the alignment was notified in October 2011.
The buildings are located at Majherpara — a locality tucked behind the Dhapa lock-gate pumping station to the west of Chingrighata-EM Bypass crossing.
Two of these buildings are single storey, two are double storey and one is a huge four-storey structure, covering six plots. There are three semi-pucca houses as well.
The buildings fully or partially occupy 1,271 sqm or 18.98 cottahs — the space required to build piers 311 and 312 and the viaduct spanning 75 metres. Two of these plots are vested with the state government. Only, about 50 sqm is in RVNL’s possession now.
Eviction for infrastructure projects has happened before in Kolkata. But this is the second time, that too for the same Metro project, where multiple buildings (up to four or five storeys) will have to be razed to clear the alignment.
The New Garia-Airport line is one of the projects announced by Mamata Banerjee when she was the railway minister. The Rs 4,260-crore project, commissioned in 2012, has missed several deadlines. “This corridor has been hit with several land hurdles. This is the second stretch of the project that will now be stuck because of this kind of impasse,” a railways official said
The other hurdle for the project is the stretch in front of Beliaghata Traffic Guard at Chingrighata. The traffic guard has been shifted below Parama flyover. RVNL is now waiting for KMDA to demolish the traffic guard and make way for pier 317.