Ground work for construction for the last stretch of New Garia-Airport Metro — from City Centre-II to Airport — has finally started. The stretch along with two Metro stations will be completed by January 2024.
In December last year, Afcons Infrastructure emerged as the lowest bidder among four for the Rs 533crore package to build the final stretch of Line 6 or the Airport-New Garia Metro corridor. This stretch — from the end of New Town to the terminal Airport, has been one of the most problematic sections for the city’s longest Metro corridor project (even as Line 1 or the north-south line now covers the same length, after the recent 4km Dakshineswar extension).
The entire New Garia-Airport stretches 32km. But land logjams have delayed the project by several years.
The 3.5km from City Centre II station to Biman Bandar (Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport), where the Noapara-Airport Metro would also merge, was originally planned as underground. But as land acquisition issues cropped up for the ramp and the Metro station near Haldiram’s outlet at Teghoria, implementing agency, Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) had to amend most of the section into an elevated viaduct, save the 950m stretch leading to the Airport.
“We have started with the geotechnical survey or soil investigation. We are also doing utility identification. For this, we have barricaded a part of the arterial road from City Centre II towards Haldiram,” an engineer of Afcons said. Afcons, a wing of the Shapoorji Pallonji Group, has been the major civil contractor for Line 2 or the East-West Metro corridor, having constructed the 520m underwater river tunnel.