Kolkata Metro authorities should learn from the mistakes of the Delhi Metro to ensure no disaster take place during construction, West Bengal Governor M.K. Narayanan said on Wednesday.
The governor was speaking at the foundation stone laying ceremony of a new Metro line in Kolkata on Wednesday.
President Pratibha Patil and the Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee were also present.
“I am sure that the Kolkata Metro would take a leaf from the Delhi Metro and ensure that during the construction phase there is minimum inconvenience to the people of Kolkata and that stringent safety measures are adhered to,” said Narayanan.
The new Metro line, costing Rs 2,619 crore, will cover a distance of 16.72 km from Joka in South 24 Parganas district to B.B.D. Bagh in the heart of the city.
In July 12 last year, six people, including an engineer, were killed and over a dozen injured when a bridge collapsed at the construction site of Metro extension in New Delhi. The following day three cranes collapsed at the accident site.
President Patil also seemed to support Narayanan.
“It is important to take proper care at every stage from planning to execution and maintenance. Planning requires preparing work schedules and execute them in a manner that it does not disrupt normal life,” Patil said.
On Tuesday, 95-metre long newly constructed over footbridge collapsed in Delhi leaving 27 people injured.
The footbridge was adjacent to the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium, an important venue of the upcoming Commonwealth Games.
The railways did not invite Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee for the foundation laying ceremony, raising eyebrows in Kolkata.
The move was part of Trinamool Congress’s policy of not sharing any dais with CPI(M) leaders and ministers.
Both the president and the governor, stressed on the need for fast eco-friendly urban transport and that would link remote areas.
Banerjee asked railway officials to complete the project before the scheduled time.