Bengal Govt plans to launch mono rail in New Town

The state government is planning to introduce mono rail in New Town and to connect it with Metro Rail to improve transport system in the city, said State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim.

The minister said this while announcing that Kolkata has joined the league of “C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group”, which is a global network of cities tackling climate change and driving urban action that reduces both green house gas emission and climate risks.

He said that this was a huge opportunity for the city and would open new avenues for Kolkata to develop it as a modern city.

He added that since this was a huge opportunity to interact with experts from other global cities to upgrade civic facilities, the state government would focus more on upgrading the city’s transport system.

“The state government is keen to revive the entire transport system. As part of this initiative we are planning to introduce mono rail in Salta Lake Sector-V and New Town. The idea is to connect the mono rail with the Metro Rail so that people can enjoy a world class transport system,” the minister said.

“The planning is there and we are in the process of implementing the project. We have to wait a little bit as the population of New Town is yet to achieve its potential. For the survival of such projects there needs to be enough users,” Firhad Hakim added.


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KMDA wins international accolades, Kolkata joins global league of climate fighters

Kolkata will shortly be included in the prestigious C40 group of megacities, which is committed to address climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

On July 22, the mayor of Brazilian city Rio de Janeiro, Eduardo Paes, who is also the chair of C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, wrote a letter to Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) Chairman and State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim saying that the Kolkata metropolitan area (KMA) was a “priority target“ of their expansion strategy .

C40 cities act both locally and collaboratively for achieving the common goal of saving the climate. The group offers cities a forum where they can share knowledge to take meaningful, measurable and sustainable action on climate change, said an official.

In the letter, Paes appreciated some of the recent “exemplary measures“ of the city for environmental capacity building. Paes mentioned Kolkata Environment Improvement Project, Kolkata Urban Services for the Poor scheme and the integration of railways in the Golden Quadrilateral project to be some of the noticeable environment-friendly measures. “I am positive that KMA will contribute to the success of C40, bringing original local solutions to address climate change at a global scale,“ Paes said.

In December last year, C40 released the Global Protocol for Community Scale Greenhouse Gas Emission Inventories, which is the first global standard for cities to measure and report their greenhouse gas emission.

On July 1, the State Urban Development Minister wrote a letter to Paes expressing his willingness to join the C40 club.