BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Five months after Metro construction work was stopped following an accident at Bowbazar, the Calcutta High Court (HC) ordered for resumption of the work.
At least 700 people were evacuated from the area and were lodged in hotels as many buildings developed cracks. Some of them collapsed though others were renovated by the Metro authorities.
An official of the KMRC (Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation) on Thursday said that work on the city’s East-West Metro corridor will resume work shortly.
The tunnel-boring operation was stopped after a machine hit an aquifer in the Bowbazar area on August 31, causing severe subsidence of the ground leading to collapse of buildings.
KMRC general manager (administration) AK Nandi told the press, “We will resume tunneling work soon. Precautionary and security measures are being taken to comply with the guidelines issued by the Calcutta High Court,” said.
On February 11, the HC had allowed resumption of tunnel-boring work for the corridor that was kept on halt since the accident took place.
Taking a detailed report from IIT Madras, a division bench of the court directed the Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC), the executive body of the project, to resume operations in the Bowbazar area in consultation with the premiere institute. After an NGO requested that the report of the expert committee be examined by an independent body, the KMRC requested IIT-Madras to review its findings. The institute said in its report that the work on tunnel boring could be resumed.
A bench comprising Chief Justice TB Radhakrishnan and Justice Arijit Banerjee ordered the tunneling work to be suspended in September 2018 until further notice. Three months later, the KMRC, according to a report prepared by its expert committee, moved the court to ask the court for permission to begin activities.