Kolkata: The West Bengal unit of the BJP asked Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee to reconsider metro rail services in the metropolis and it termed it as a “disastrous proposition” as it might endanger the lives of common people.
Earlier the Chief Minister had expressed the desire for the metro services to restart from July 1.
State Chief Secretary Rajiva Sinha had written a letter to Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla in which she urged to allow the resumption of limited metro rail services in Kolkata to facilitate the movement of essential service workers.
Currently, Metro services are not available anywhere in the country due to coronavirus-induced lockdown.
State BJP vice-president Ritesh Tiwari had written to Ms. Banerjee, in which she said about taking up the issue of resumption of underground services with the metro authorities goes against the spirit of fighting the pandemic.
“On June 29, you told journalists that long-distance trains from five COVID-19 hotspots will not be allowed and suggested that international flights should be stopped and domestic flights should operate once a week.
“However, at the same media briefing, you impressed on the resumption of metro train services. As far as the information available in the public domain is concerned, the railways have cancelled all regular train services till August 12,” Mr Tiwari said in the letter.
The BJP leader questioned the Chief Minister that “On one hand you do not want to resume train services, but you are becoming impatient to start the Kolkata Metro services. What is it that you exactly want? Why should the common people of Kolkata and the suburbs pay the price for your restlessness and indecisiveness?”