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Kolkata Metro is now the 17th zone of Indian Railways

KOLKATA: The Metro Railway of Kolkata, the country's oldest, today became the 17th independent zone of the Indian Railways with Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee announcing that a Rs 10,000 crore project has been taken up for its expansion and infrastructure development.
"The making of Kolkata Metro as an independent zone was notified by the Railway Board yesterday. This will make the railway an open line like the other zones. This will raise the status of the Metro workers on part with those of the zonal railways. It has also put workers unions in a position to negotiate on matters pertaining to the Metro," Banerjee said while laying a foundation stone conferring the independent status of the Metro.
Stating that making Kolkata Metro an independent zone had nothing to do with politics, she said it had been done aiming at capacity building and developing infrastructure.
"A Rs 10,000 crore project has been taken up for the expansion of the Metro Railway," she said.
Banerjee, who also inaugurated the beginning of work for Phase-I of the Joka-BBD Bag Metro project in Kolkata, said that as part of the extension plan, Metro lines would be laid between Garia and Rajarhat, Noapara and Barrackpore and later, further north upto Kalyani.
It was on this day in 1972 when the then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had laid the foundation stone for the Kolkata Metro which initially connected Dum Dum in the north to Tollygunje in the South.
During her tenure as Railway Minister in 1999, Banerjee had sanctioned a project to extend the Metro to Garia and services in the stretch began on August 8 last year.
SOURCE - TIMES OF INDIA

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