There is good news for commuters availing the Maa flyover and the AJC Bose flyover. Besides being able to drive straight from Science City to PTS after the second arm joining Maa flyover with PTS is thrown open to public on February 6, motorists from Park Circus are also likely to be allowed to use the flyover.
At present, no vehicle is allowed to take the flyover towards Science City, forcing them to take the Dargah Road, No. 4 bridge and the Park Circus connector towards Science City.
Motorists who wish to get off the flyover at Park Circus are likely to be allowed to do so as per the present practice. “We will try to ensure that the Maa flyover can be used to its full potential,” an officer from the east traffic guard said.
Police officers said they do not plan a trial run at the Park Circus crossing, but the sevenpoint crossing will undergo changes in signalling. “Motorists have to get used to a little longer wait at certain intersections in order to allow vehicles from Syed Amir Ali Avenue and Suhrawardy Avenue,” explained a senior traffic official at Lalbazar.
This will halve the commute time for Dalhousie, Alipore and Howrah-bound traffic from the city’s eastern fringes. It will also benefit commuters heading in the opposite direction to Salt Lake, Lake Town, Baguiati and the airport in the north-east and Ruby and Patuli in the southeast as motorists will be able to access the Maa flyover from Park Circus that is currently shut to traffic between 9am and 10pm.
Police said they might allow vehicles on to the Maa flyover for “restricted hours” to ascertain the fallout before allowing the 24-hour cycle. “You might remember how there was chaos in the initial days after Maa flyover was inaugurated and it took some time for things to settle down. We shall ask for a couple of days for things to work out smoothly,” a police source said.
Source: Times of India