After demolishing concrete structures and removing some public utilities and trees, Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has finally started constructing a lane near Shahidnagar on the Anwar Shah connector that will facilitate two-way traffic movement along the entire stretch — from Jadavpur police station to Avishikta.
Two residential buildings, one garage, half-a-dozen makeshift shops and 10 full-grown trees stood in the way of motorists near Shahidnagar intersection, where the road had become narrower. Though there had been frequent demands to remove the encroachers, the area remained that way over the last two decades.
In April 2018, KMC decided to negotiate with the owners of the residential buildings but the talks had fallen flat. The compensation package became the bone of contention. Finally, mayor-in-council member Ratan De came up with a solution, which was readily accepted by the house owners. The KMC parks department also pitched in with the assurance of planting saplings to compensate the loss of 10 full-grown trees as a section of green activists staged a demonstration for felling of trees.
According to a KMC roads department official, the construction work, which started on Tuesday, will end by July. “We will lay the 50-metre stretch with mastic asphalt and connect it to the existing two-lane traffic, thus making it a four-lane thoroughfare. We hope to find a solution to traffic congestion at Shahidnagar area after completing the construction work,” the KMC official said.
Local residents are happy over the civic body’s decision to start the road-widening project. “It was a long-awaited project. We have been waiting for it for past two years. We hope that the project will now stick to its deadline,” said Ashok Samanta, a school teacher and a resident of Shahidnagar.
Parijat Sinha, a physician with a private hospital off EM Bypass and a resident of Jodhpur Park who takes the route regularly, was happy with the decision.
“When the narrower stretch of Anwar Shah connector gets widened, we will have the scope to pass the stretch without hassles. Besides holding up traffic, the stretch had also become accident-prone. Driving through the area will be a lot safer now,” Sinha said.
Source: Times of India