By A Newsman
Kolkata, 28 September: COMMUTING from Kolkata’s south-western to south-eastern parts is going to be less troublesome in future as the state government has decided to construct a monorail in the city in collaboration with the Burn Standard Company.
According to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, the monorail route will originate from Budge Budge in South 24-Parganas and culminate at Ruby Crossing on EM Bypass located on the south-eastern fringes of Kolkata.
“The monorail route will traverse from Budge Budge to Taratala – to New Alipore and then run along Prince Anwar Shah Road to reach Ruby Crossing. It will be constructed at a cost of Rs 4,216 crore,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee told reporters at Nabanna today after a meeting of the state’s industrial promotion and development board.
“The state government will provide land, while the entire cost of building the infrastructure will be borne by Burn Standard. Our transport department has today inked a memorandum of understanding with Burn Standard for this,” she added.
Although the Chief Minister did not specify the length of the proposed monorail route, sources in the state transport department said that it would be around 32 km long.
Burn Standard Company is a Central government undertaking headquartered in Kolkata and it mainly manufactures railway wagons.