INDIA: Kolkata Metro Rail Corp has appointed Mott MacDonald as detailed design consultant for the six stations to be built on the 5·7 km elevated section of the East-West metro corridor between Salt Lake Stadium and Salt Lake Sector V. The capital value of the project, which includes 'landmark' stations at City Centre and Karunamoyee, is Rs1·4bn.

Salt Lake City is a man-made town, built in 1962 when the salt water swamps were filled in, and is currently only accessible by road. The town has a thriving IT sector and is also home to India’s largest sports stadium and an amusement park, which will be served by metro stations.

The elevated section of the East-West metro line is being built by Gammon India, with construction of the six elevated stations to be undertaken by Simplex. The Salt Lake Sector V — Sealdah section is expected to open by October 2013, with the whole East-West line operational by December 2014.

‘We are delighted that Kolkata Metro Rail Corp Ltd has selected us for this prestigious project … it is fantastic news that we will be creating designs for landmark stations for the thriving Salt Lake City region’, said Mott MacDonald’s project director Gaurav Srivastava.