West Bengal government has decided to install monorail from Budge Budge in South 24-Parganas to Ruby Connector in Kolkata. This was informed by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 29 September 2016. The 14-kilometre-long monorail route will connect Budge Budge to Ruby via Taratala, New Alipore and Prince Anwar Shah Road and will come up at a cost of 4216 crore rupees. This newservice will also connect commuters to the proposed metro rail network between New Garia to Kolkata airport.
For execution of the monorail project, the state transport department will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Burn Standard Company Limited. Burn Standard Company Limited will be funding the project and the state government will provide land for the purpose.
The Chief Minister said that there would not be any problem over land acquisition as minimum land would be required to construct pillars and elevated tracks would be laid connecting them.
Other happenings in the state
CNG run vehicles in Asansol-Durgapur area
The West Bengal environment department has taken up an initiative to run CNG run vehicles in Asansol-Durgapur area. It was decided to introduce the environment friendly transport in the industrial and trading hubs. The change from the present system of running the public transport system will be implemented in phases. In the first phase 500 state run buses will be asked to convert into CNG.
Apart from this fleet of South Bengal State Transport Corporation (SBSTC) run buses, the state will ask at least 2000 auto rickshaw operators in the Durgapur-Asansol area to opt for CNG. The state environment department will give 5 crore rupees to the state transport department for the conversion.
Hooghly declared as an open-defecation free
The Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee declared Hooghly as an open-defecation free (ODF) district at the administrative meeting in Chinsurah. North 24 parganas was also declared as an ODF district. Nadia was declared as the country’s first ODF district, on 30th April 2015.
The State Panchayat and Rural Development Department has taken steps to make all the districts in West Bengal open-defecation free by March 2019. 30 April is celebrated as “Nirmal Bangla Dibas” in the State every year.