Wednesday, February 1

Ultadanga-Girish Park flyover may get Kankurgachhi arm

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The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has revived the plan of setting up a 3kmlong flyover connecting Ultadanga with Girish Park to facilitate smooth traffic in the central part of the city.

The authorities have also added a new plan: the proposed flyover will have an arm from Kankurgachhi towards Bengal Chemical off EM Bypass. The arm will allow two-direction travel for motorists to reach Howrah via Girish Park.

According to sources from KMDA, state consumer affairs minister Sadhan Pandey, MLA of Maniktala, the area over which the proposed flyover has been planned, took up the matter with state urban development minister and KMDA chairman Firhad Hakim to revive the plan that was conceptualised some years back.

Officials said RITES is doing a feasibility study and preparing a detailed project report on the proposed flyover plan.

Pandey said the idea is to develop a smooth connectivity from eastern parts of the city with Howrah.

“The plan is to connect Ultadanga with Girish Park with one arm from Kankurgachhi to meet near Bengal Chemicals. The entire plan is being discussed with minister Firhad Hakim, who is playing a pivotal role in this matter,” Pandey said.

According to preliminary plan, the proposed flyover will start from Ultadanga crossing and will move over Kankurgachhi and then turn right towards Manicktala before ending near Central Avenue.

This plan was first conceptualised after the Trinamool government came in power. The plan, however, could not be executed after a part of the underconstruction Vivekananda Road flyover collapsed in March 31, 2016.

A high-level committee under the chief secretary is looking into the condition of the Vivekananda Road flyover and is yet to decide whether to fully dismantle it or just repair the damaged portion.

Officials said if the flyover plan materialises, it would take not more than three to four minutes to travel the 3km stretch from Ultadanga to Girish Park.

Source: Times of India

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