The railway ministry is all set to approve approximately Rs 440 crore fourth greenfield coaching terminal project at Dankuni near Kolkata.

The railway will announce the project in the next couple of weeks. The Eastern Railway has already sent the proposal to the Railway Board.

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Presently, there are three greenfield coaching terminals in West Bengal. The terminals are located in Howrah, Kolkata and Sealdah. However, the three of them are already congested. Therefore, the railway has decided to make another terminal. The project site where the fourth terminal will be made is barely nearly 15 km from Howrah. 

According to the proposal, Eastern Railway has got three coaching terminals and all these are now saturated from pit line capacity, platform availability, and stabling line point of view. 

However, there are limited number of platforms at Howrah and Sealdah station to deal with 24 coaches. According to railway sources, there cannot be further expansion on these three terminals due to non-availability of railway land.

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Dankuni is a suburban station under Howrah division of Eastern Railway, which has good connectivity with Kolkata by road and by railway. Therefore, the railway authorities are thinking to make the fourth terminal in Dankuni. 

The creation of new infrastructure will also meet the likely increased demand of mail-express trains from metro cities.