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Centre Moots Plan For Metro Rail Extension Up To AIIMS Kalyani

2015-09-21 13:31

Union health department additional secretary Arun Panda speaking to officials in Basantapur village. NfN PICTURE

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Kalyani, Sept. 20: The centre has asked the state government to explore the feasibility of connecting Metro Railway with the proposed site of All India Institute of Medical Science in Kalyani’s Basantapur. It has mooted a plan to develop way for easy and fast access so that the AIIMS can be reached easily from the city in short time.

The Centre has also asked the state government for ‘zoning’ the allotted land for each of the integrated parts of AIIMS project like power plant, electric sub-station, water treatment plant, waste management units and others so that necessary infrastructure can be developed for commencement of the construction without any hindrance by the next year.

“The issue of linking metro railway service has been proposed as a part of the urban planning which would be taken up as ancillary project of the AIIMS”, an officer of state health directorate said.

This ancillary projects also include a mega bus terminus, low cost housing, four-lane road and other facilities, for which additional land will be required.

The union health department has asked the state government to submit a draft detail project report within two months so that the project can be taken up with the Railway ministry.

Meanwhile, it has asked to raise boundary wall around 186-acres land demarcated for the AIIMS and to complete the construction before the end of this year.

The issue of connecting the Metro rail was discussed in detail during a visit of a three member central health department’s team to the AIIMS’s site in Basantapur on Saturday. The team was lead by Arun Panda, additional secretary the health department. The members of the team later met the officials of Nadia district administration in Kalyani on the issue.

Speaking about his visit, Panda said: “A lot of things are to come up as part of the urban planning around the proposed AIIMS. Proposal for linking the metro rail is also one of them. We have told the officials of the district administration to examine the feasibility and to submit a comprehensive draft project report including the ancillary projects within two months”.

“The ancillary urban planning around the AIIMS is very important, particularly for developing communication, housing infrastructure for which special emphasis has been given. We talked to the officials and told them to prepare report”, he added.

District Magistrate, Nadia Vijay Bharti, who represented the state government in the meeting said: “The Metro railway service is already proposed to be extended up to Kalyani from Barrackpur. We will propose to extend the service up to AIIMS site in the Basantapur, so that people can comfortably reach there without any break journey. We will check the feasibility considering the availability of land and submit the report accordingly”.

“As the readily available research environment consisting of National Institute of Biomedical Genomics, two medical college hospitals, Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, IIIT and a analytical have already started functioning in Kalyani making it a ideal hub for science and education, the centre has given stress on better communication. Linking proposal of Metro rail is a part of that urban planning”, added the Nadia DM.

“The new urban planning around the AIIMS has become very crucial. The centre is concerned about the communication. While the Metro rail may serve as a great mode of communication, we at the same time preparing way for vehicular access”, DM Vijay Bharti added.

In March this year centre approved the proposal for setting up the AIIMS in Kalyani’s Basantapur, which is around 45-km from Calcutta. The site is about 8-km away from NH-34 connected with a link road that works as the gateway to Kalyani town.

The centre’s clearance came after chief minister Mamata Banerjee had met Prime Minister Narendra Modi earlier in March. The initial outlay of the project was estimated for Rupees 823-crore. The centre asked the state government to commence the preliminary works within September which include development of infrastructure and a boundary wall. The centre also proposed to commence the main construction work within 2016 and asked the state to develop the basic infrastructure for it.

The hospital services consultancy corporation limited (HSCC); a government of India enterprise has already been assigned the job for development infrastructure within the stipulated 186-acre land.

However, for the proposed ancillary projects the state government to take up more land which is available adjacent to the AIIMs site.

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