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Extension of Metro network of railway projects in Bengal are steps of Atmanirvar Bharat and Atmavishwas Bharat: PM Modi

Hooghly (West Bengal): Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday unveiled a slew of Indian Railways projects and flagged off a train on Noapara-Dakshineswar Metro route while asserting that these are the steps towards achieving “Atmanirbhar Bharat” and “Atma Biswas Bharat”.

He said the relentless efforts for creating railway infrastructure and power connectivity marked “Atmamnirbhar Bharat” as each and every equipment used in these projects were made in India.

He said the extended metro network would serve millions of people living in the districts of Howrah, Hooghly, North and South 24 Parganas besides the people of this city greatly.

Besides the researchers of Indian Statical Institute (ISI), the students of Calcutta University and Rabindra Bharati, and common people will be benefitted, he pointed out.

He said people can travel from New Garia in the southern part of Kolkata to Dakshineswar in the north in an hour, which can be covered in nearly two and half hours in other modes of transport.

Incidentally, Metro railway is not only the cheapest but also quickest mode of transport in the city.

Railway sources said some 79 pairs of metro trains would regularly shuttle between New Garia to Dakshineswar.

Mr Modi said the government is making all efforts to connect every nook and corner of West Bengal under railway network and the coal belts, steel factories, fertilizer units and Kisan Mandis will be covered in the network.

Noapara to Dakshineswar, the 4.1 km extension, has been constructed at a cost of Rs. 464 crore, fully funded by the Central Government.

It will decongest road traffic and improve urban mobility.

This extension will ease out access to the two world-famous Kali Temples at Kalighat and Dakshineswar, for lakhs of tourists and devotees.

The two newly built stations namely Baranagar and Dakshineswar have modern passenger amenities and are also aesthetically designed, decorated with murals, photographs, sculptures and idols.

Mr Modi also inaugurated the third line between Kalaikunda and Jhargram over a stretch of 30 km of the 132 km long Kharagpur-Adityapur Third Line Project of South Eastern Railway, which was sanctioned with an estimated cost of Rs. 1312 crores.

The four stations between Kalaikunda and Jhargram have been redeveloped by constructing four new station buildings, six new foot over bridges and eleven new platforms, along with the renovation of the existing infrastructure.

It will help ensure seamless movement of passenger and freight trains on the Howrah-Mumbai Trunk route.

The Prime Minister also dedicated to the nation the doubling of Azimganj to Khargraghat Road section, which is a part of Howrah – Bandel – Azimganj section of Eastern Railway, which has been laid at a project cost of about Rs 240 crore.

He also dedicated the fourth line between Dankuni and Baruipara (11.28 km) of Howrah – Bardhaman Chord Line and the third line between Rasulpur and Magra (42.42 km) of Howrah – Bardhaman Main Line, which serves as the principal gateway of Kolkata.

The third line between Rasulpur and Magra has been laid at a cost of Rs 759 crore, while the fourth line between Dankuni and Baruipara has been laid at a project cost of Rs 95 crore.

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