Mamata Banerjee continued her name-game at the foundation stone-laying of the Metro Railway extension from Baranagar to Barrackpore on Sunday, choosing people over places to designate proposed stations.
“Except libraries, schools and shops, nothing has been named after Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay. I have decided to name a station after him. We will honour our great forefathers,” announced the railway minister at Anandapuri ground in Barrackpore, where she also laid the foundation stone of the Kanchrapara Sports Complex.
Mahatma Gandhi, Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Prafulla Chandra Roy, Rajendra Prasad, Anukul Thakur and Mangal Pandey are some of the “great sons of Bengal and India” after whom stations on the route will be named.
Only Subhasnagar station will be known as such since the place itself was named after Subhas Chandra Bose.
The names were decided keeping in mind the “cosmopolitan character of Barrackpore”, said Mamata, carrying on from where she had left off at the foundation stone-laying of the Dum Dum-Barasat Metro project on Saturday.
According to her, the Metro extension work will not hamper water supply along BT Road. The railways and the Calcutta Municipal Corporation will jointly bear the cost of replacing the existing pipes.
“The Union cabinet, finance ministry and Planning Commission have cleared the Rs 11,000 crore required to complete the entire Metro network,” said Mamata, claiming that the project would be executed in two-three years.
The Baranagar-Barrackpore section of Metro will have both underground and elevated sections.