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Old June 18th, 2017, 10:27 AM   #14701
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Certain circular railway lines could have been dismantled and developed into metro lines...

bagbazar patipukur ahiritolla burrabazar majerhat circular railway.... this could have been developed
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Old June 18th, 2017, 10:34 AM   #14702
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Certain circular railway lines could have been dismantled and developed into metro lines...

bagbazar patipukur ahiritolla burrabazar majerhat circular railway.... this could have been developed
Well present east west metro could have been built under the circular railway saving headache of brabourne road buildings heritage act mess
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Old June 18th, 2017, 12:34 PM   #14703
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EW metro declared in 2008 . So no question of falling in this amendment problems
But it has to be declared as such by justice dipankar datta. Only than work can progress in heritage areas. Otherwise has to wait for parliaments nod while risking disasters like collapse of howrah bridge , collapse of buildings near brabourne road.
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Old June 18th, 2017, 12:38 PM   #14704
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Doubling the circular rail alignment will only strengthen those areas which are already served by circular rail service. Metro line 2 will serve such areas which has not any rapid transit system, far from railway lines, and will connect some very congested areas. But after seeing one by one obstacles, I am afraid that will there not be any kind of digging around Binad Badal Disnesh Baag area in future? It will be very hopeless.
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Old June 18th, 2017, 07:01 PM   #14705
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At Chingrihata crossing (Beliaghata Traffic Guard) flyover is there .. they made pillars on a lake called captain Bherry . But in front of last pillar last pillar I can see there are many houses (In map) . How they will connect that point to jal vayu vihar?
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Old June 18th, 2017, 10:21 PM   #14706
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EW metro declared in 2008 . So no question of falling in this amendment problems
But i think the new alignment was finalized only after 2010 when the new amendment was already in effect. Naysayers can object on this basis.
Lets see what comes up tomorrow in the court.
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Old June 18th, 2017, 10:23 PM   #14707
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Certain circular railway lines could have been dismantled and developed into metro lines...

bagbazar patipukur ahiritolla burrabazar majerhat circular railway.... this could have been developed
The operations of the circular railway should be handed over to the metro so that it can be planned and upgraded. This line has a lot of potential and this will also increase the frequency
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Old June 18th, 2017, 10:38 PM   #14708
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Old June 18th, 2017, 10:39 PM   #14709
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Old June 19th, 2017, 01:28 AM   #14710
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But i think the new alignment was finalized only after 2010 when the new amendment was already in effect. Naysayers can object on this basis.
Lets see what comes up tomorrow in the court.
That's right
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Old June 19th, 2017, 05:40 AM   #14711
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But who will be the naysayers . The case is the contractor vs kmrc and others. Kmrc are themselves stating this point. It will be justice dipankar datta who will decide based on the facts of law what is the correct position. Off course additional solicitor General will argue in court depending on instructions from Delhi. The judge has also ordered cabinet Secretary to ascertain whether Delhi metro violated nma rules. I do not know if Delhi had it will help east west.
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Old June 19th, 2017, 05:28 PM   #14712
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ASI permits construction of metro line, stn in Dalhousie area

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A major roadblock in building the East West Metro corridor was removed with the Archaeological Survey of India granting permission today to build the track and a station near three monuments in the heart of the city.

The ASI today submitted to the Calcutta High Court a copy of its order permitting the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation Limited (KMRCL) to lay the underground metro line and build Mahakaran station at Dalhousie area, near the heritage Currency Building.

The office of the regional director and competent authority in West Bengal of the National Monuments Authority (NMA) today submitted a copy of its permission order to bench of Justice Dipankar Datta, removing a major impediment in laying the metro line.

Nandini Bhattacharya Sahu, the competent authority, granted permission for construction of the Mahakaran Metro station in the regulated area near the Currency Building, a national monument.

Apart from the Currency Building, there are two synagogues which are also heritage buildings.

Laying down the conditions for such construction, the NMA said "all construction above the ground, including Mahakaran Metro station, shall be beyond the 100-metre prohibited area of Centrally Protected Monuments."

It also said that a "joint committee shall be set up under the chairmanship of the regional director, ASI, which will include technical experts from IIT, Kharagpur and officers of KMRCL."

"This committee shall monitor the proposed works and shall ensure all possible measures which are required to be taken for the safety of the three monuments in question," according to the conditions laid down by NMA.

It said a monthly report on the progress of the project shall be submitted to NMA and Director General, ASI.

Reiterating its concern over the safety of the monuments during and post-construction and to monitor it on real time basis, the NMA said "for this purpose, KMRCL shall install equipments on all protected monuments along the proposed route capable of measuring vibrations, structural impacts when construction activities are on and during the metro operations."

It also said that any adverse effect in any of the centrally-protected monuments in the vicinity due to the KMRC project has to be taken care of by KMRC under the supervision of the superintending archaeologist, ASI, at Kolkata.

The permission also said that KMRCL should set up a separate fund for the purpose of heritage promotion and campaigning for the cause of Kolkata's heritage.

Justice Datta had, during the previous hearing, asked the Centre to make efforts to find out ways to make an exception in the ASI's heritage building rules to facilitate the construction of a tunnel, which will pass through places near or under three such buildings and of Mahakaran station.

AFCONS, which is carrying out the construction work of the tunnel, has moved the high court seeking relief over delay owing to the issues related to occupiers who are not evacuating five old buildings in Burrabazar area and permission for construction near or under the three heritage buildings in Dalhousie area.

AFCONS has claimed that stoppage of the working of huge boring machines that are being used for the purpose, will lead to financial loss to the company and also further delay in completion of the work.

The 14.67 km-long East West Metro corridor connecting Howrah with Salt Lake Sector V has suffered delays in completion schedule owing to various reasons.

Tunnel boring from the Howrah side is being done and at present work is on under the Hooghly river.

After passing through the riverbed, the metro tunnel will enter the highly congested Burrabazar area, which is the wholesale trading hub of eastern India, and then it will reach Dalhousie where the heritage buildings are located.
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Old June 19th, 2017, 05:31 PM   #14713
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This is great news today.. I hope now there will be no more surprises.
But wondering what made ASI give the permission now ?
Why was such a drama needed ?
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Old June 19th, 2017, 05:37 PM   #14714
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This is great news today.. I hope now there will be no more surprises.
But wondering what made ASI give the permission now ?
Why was such a drama needed ?
They were inspired by star jalsha and star plus re baba ...
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Old June 19th, 2017, 07:38 PM   #14716
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This is great news today.. I hope now there will be no more surprises.
But wondering what made ASI give the permission now ?
Why was such a drama needed ?
Indeed a big surprise. No point in discussing the reasons that led to asi permission. It's again justice datta who has saved the project and calcutta must thank him as all metro lovers. The permission says no construction in ground 100 Mts from currency building . Does that only means station entrance and its part or all construction activity. Station entrance that means has to be near writers building where north bound mini buses have their stand. There may be a single or at the most 2 entrances. Hope the entrance of the station will not be within 100 metre of the synogogues. However if it means construction activity than it will not be possible as entire bbd bag bus stand tram lines and perhaps portion of road besides bus stand will be required for station construction. Anyway great news.
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Old June 19th, 2017, 11:08 PM   #14717
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So can they now speed up the TBM?
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Old June 20th, 2017, 12:43 AM   #14718
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So can they now speed up the TBM?


Now all that is in the way are those dilapidated buildings.
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Old June 20th, 2017, 01:21 AM   #14719
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Metro crosses heritage hurdle

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June 19: The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has green-lighted the construction of twin East-West Metro tunnels and a station close to three heritage structures in the central business district, removing possibly the last bureaucratic hurdle in the path of a project with a stop-start-stop history.

The ASI had so far refused to allow tunnels to be burrowed under Brabourne Road because of the proximity of the proposed route to Beth El Synagogue, Magen David Synagogue and Currency Building.

Calcutta High Court today received a letter from the ASI stating: "Permission is granted subject to the provision of the (ancient monuments and archaeological sites and remains) act and rules and further subject to the following conditions..."

• All construction above the ground, including Mahakaran Metro station, shall be shifted beyond 100 metres of prohibited area of centrally protected monuments.

• A joint committee shall be set up under the chairmanship of the regional director (east) of the ASI and including technical experts from IIT Kharagpur and officers of the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC). The committee would monitor the work and ensure that all possible measures are taken for the safety of the three heritage structures.

• A monthly report on the progress of the project would need to be submitted to the NMA (National Monuments Authority) and the director-general of the ASI.

The clearance means that the tunnel-boring machines, one of which is currently stationary at a vacant site off Strand Road, can make the onward journey towards Esplanade and go on to merge with the Salt Lake-Sealdah route.

Residents of 42 Strand Road, an unstable building, would be evacuated for three days when the tunnel moves under Brabourne Road. How the building, described as being in a "very poor condition", copes with construction activity about three storeys underneath would determine whether residents of other old buildings nearby need to shift.

The KMRC, which is the implementing agency for the project, would fix a "revised and realistic" deadline for the second phase of the project between Sealdah and Howrah Maidan. The deadline for Phase I - Sector V to Sealdah - is June 2018. The current target for Phase II is December 2019, which a senior railway official said was almost impossible to meet. "Now that a clear path is visible, we would have to fix a realistic deadline," he told Metro .

Contractor Afcons, which is burrowing the twin tunnels, said today that it would finalise construction plans over the next two days. If all goes well, the tunnel-boring machines could reach Esplanade by December.

Additional solicitor-general Kaushik Chanda today informed Justice Dipankar Datta about the ASI's decision.

The KMRC assured the court that the conditions set by the ASI would be adhered to and that shifting the New Mahakaran station by 15 metres to meet the 100-metre stipulation would not be difficult. The station was to be originally built 85 metres away from the Currency Building.

Justice Datta said he would not dispose of the case - Afcons had gone to court in May citing hurdles in completing its job - at this stage.

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Coast clear for East-West Metro to dodge deadline jinx


The trouble-ridden second phase of the East-West Metro project awaits one final deadline revision after surmounting what railway officials hope was the last hurdle in its path. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI)’s green signal to burrow tunnels and build a station in the vicinity of three heritage structures — Beth El Synagogue, Maghen David Synagogue and Currency Building — marks the decisive breakthrough for a project embroiled in problems from the start.

Sanjay Mandal of Metro spoke to several senior officials to draw up a timeline for the entire project, based on the expected deadline to complete the Howrah Maidan-Sealdah section that includes twin tunnels under the Hooghly

DEADLINES:
♦ Start of project: April 2009
♦ First deadline: October 2014
♦ Second deadline: August 2015 for Phase I (Sector V to Sealdah, 9.36 km) and September 2016 for Phase II (Sealdah to Howrah Maidan, 5.22 km)
♦ Third deadline: June 2018 for Phase I and December 2019 for Phase II

According to some railway officials, most of the previous deadlines were unrealistic because the biggest hurdles had not been taken into account. The project is on course to meet the June 2018 deadline for Phase I, but the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation would need to extend its completion target for Phase II.

“Trains would run between Sector V in Salt Lake and Sealdah by the middle of next year. But it is unlikely that the second phase of the project would be completed by December 2019, which is the current deadline for that portion. To take a ride through the Hooghly, the wait would realistically be much longer,” an official said.

TUNNELS:
Tunnel-boring for Phase I, starting at Phoolbagan, has been completed. For Phase II of the project, the first tunnel-boring machine to cross the Hooghly riverbed is currently stationed in a vacant area off Strand Road where the vent shaft is being built. The site is about 40 metres from Strand Road. The second machine that is boring the tunnel for Howrah-bound trains is projected to complete its Hooghly journey on Tuesday.

Calcutta High Court had recently asked contractor Afcons to reduce the speed of the second tunnel-boring machine to five metres a day and subsequently even less because of the uncertainty over evacuation of unstable buildings along Brabourne Road and pending permission from the ASI.

Before the directive was issued, the machine had been progressing at speeds of up to 14 metres a day under the riverbed. Afcons officials said the first machine would be making its onward journey from near Strand Road “at its normal speed”. The projected start is by the end of this month.

The first machine is tipped to reach the site of the New Mahakaran station in September and Esplanade by December. From Esplanade, infrastructure company ITD has been contracted to build the tunnel till Sealdah station.

Railway officials said a vent shaft was being created at Esplanade, near the Rani Rashmoni gate of the existing Metro station. This is the place from where the tunnel-boring machines will go down for the last stretch. The two machines are likely to start work in February 2018 and take about one-and-a-half years to bore the 2.5 km tunnel, a railway official said.


STATIONS:
The New Mahakaran station could take around 42 months to build. The station would be 22 metres underground, against an average of 16-17 metres along the north-south corridor. The proposed Esplanade station would go even deeper at 27 metres. The completion target for the proposed Howrah Maidan station, which would be 18 metres underground, is end-2018.

Most of the stations in Phase I of the project are being given the finishing touches.

TRAINS:
Metro had last week highlighted the “first look” of the East-West Metro trains being built by the Bangalore-based BEML. The first train is likely to arrive by December for a trial run. Clearance from the Commission of Railway Safety is mandatory for the new trains to be deployed for commercial operations.

Railway officials said they were hopeful of trains running between Sector V and Sealdah by June next year. The six-coach trains with a built-in automatic control system would be faster than the Metro rakes in use on the north-south route.

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