Kolkata: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu on Thursday stressed on increasing Railways infrastructure in West Bengal and said his ministry has increased investment for that purpose.
“I had a detailed comprehensive discussion with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. She herself was a very successful railway minister. The state government has extended all cooperation. The idea is how to redevelop the existing infrastructure and increase it in the state. We have already increased the share of investment in the state,” Prabhu said.
“The idea is to create a Integrated transport system for the city of Kolkata,” he noted.
Banerjee who held a joint press conference with Suresh Prabhu at state secretariat Nabanna requested him to send a central team to expedite the on going railway projects in the state.
Banerjee said the state government will extend all help for the railway projects. “I would request Prabhuji to send a team to see the on going projects so that the work gets expedited.”
When asked about the status of the East West Metro project and Joka-BBD Bag project, a senior railway official accompanying Prabhu said the first one would be completed in two parts – one is sector 5 to Sealdah and the other is Howrah Maidan to Sealdah.
“The work of tunnelling under the river from the Howrah Maidan part has already started,” he added.