The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has started exploring on the possibilities of a north-south flyover over Ruby Island crossing and a foot overbridge at the intersection to decongest both vehicular and pedestrian traffic at the crossing The authorities have engaged the highway division of RITES last week to conduct surveys and prepare a feasibility-reportcum detail project report (DPR) on both the proposals.
The authorities had conceptualised the proposal last year to move over Ruby intersection on north south direction to decongest the increasing vehicular traffic on Ruby crossing. According to plans, the flyover will start from Kalikapur and will end near VIP Bazar crossing over Ruby and Tagore Park crossings.
“Vehicular traffic and congestion has increased significantly over the years on the intersection of Ruby crossing with vehicles coming on from north, south and Rashbehari connector. The flyover will move over the crossing and ease out vehicular traffic, specially during the rush hours,” said a KMDA official.
Officials said with the Metro alignment moving over EM Bypass, the area is set to witness more pedestrian movement near the Ruby intersection. “The necessity of FOB is very important since 50,000 pedestrians cross the Bypass flanks of the Ruby crossing on a daily basis.
KMDA officials said that with the New Garia-Airport Metro alignment moving over the same direction on EM Bypass, the officials will have to figure out the height at which the proposed flyover can be built.
The proposed flyover could also move parallel maintaining same height with a slight curvature. “The feasibility study will contain all these issues. They will also make a traffic study to determine vehicular and pedestrian traffic volume for future,” said an official.
As per plan, the FOB will have escalators, ramps and staircase and will disperse the pedestrian traffic that moves on the east-west direction crossing the sides of the EM Bypass flanks.
“Thousands of pedestrians, who cross over the Bypass flanks using the zebra crossing now waits for the signal to turn red,” an official said.
Source: Times Of India