PM Modi inaugurates extension of Kolkata Metro Railway from Noapara to Dakshineswar, famous for temple of Goddess Kali.
“West Bengal has been an important centre for country’s self-reliance. There’s tremendous potential for trade & business with northeast & neighbouring nations from here. Keeping this in mind, serious efforts have been made in past few years to strengthen rail network,” PM Modi said.
PM Modi inaugurated the extension of Metro Railway from Noapara to Dakshineswar, and flag off the first service on this stretch. This 4.1 km extension has been constructed at a cost of ₹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 and decorated with murals, photographs, sculptures and idols.
Prime Minister Modi also initiated 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 ₹1,312 crore.
PM Modi also dedicated to the nation the doubling of Azimganj to Khargraghat Road section, which is a part of the Howrah-Bandel-Azimganj section of Eastern Railway, which has been laid at a project cost of about ₹240 crore.
Union Railway Minister Piyush Goyal,Jagdeep Dhankhar,Governor of West Bengal ,Babul Supriyo,Union Minister of state and other dignitaries also present the ceremony.