Monday, June 27

Kolkata: Hidco plans vehicular underpasses at Narkelbagan, Chinar Park to unclog roads

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Soon small vehicles will pass through underpasses at two busy intersections of New Town — Narkelbagan crossing and Chinar Park crossing. The underpass will help to unclog the increasing vehicular traffic at the two places on the main arterial road.

The consulting agency that was earlier engaged by the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (Hidco) to come up with an inception report for constructing the underpasses, found the projects to be feasible.
“The agency has already submitted the report to Hidco. The plan is to reduce traffic congestion at the two crossings by allowing small vehicles to pass through the underpasses,” said a Hidco official.

Officials added that with the Metro alignment also moving on the main arterial road, the authorities will hold discussions with the Metro rail authorities to sort out the issues on the alignment before the final design is chalked up.

Apart from that, Hidco is also working on a plan to set up a four-point direction pedestrian underpass at Narkelbagan crossing. “It is yet to be decided at what height will the pedestrian underpass and the vehicular underpass will be constructed to make sure they do not come in the way of each other,” said an official.

Sources said tenders for both underpasses will be floated once the final design is prepared and approved.

According to the annual average daily vehicular traffic volume study prepared by Hidco, over one lakh vehicles now move over both the four point Narkelbagan and Chinar Park crossing on a daily basis.

The Biswa Bangla gate has been set up at Narkelbagan crossing, which is drawing more pedestrian traffic and the Chinar Park crossing is one of the most important crossings with vehicles travelling towards VIP Road and airport at one end and towards Baguiati on the other.

“Traffic movement has increased by a huge margin on the main arterial road, specially on these two crossings. During office hours, these crossings witness major traffic snarls. Both underpasses will prevent major congestions at the two crossings,” said the official.

Source: Times of India

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