The Calcutta Municipal Corporation has set a target of six months beginning August to complete the construction of the proposed footbridge at the Exide crossing.
At a recent meeting of civic engineers and police officers at the corporation headquarters, it was decided that the work of shifting a gas pipeline and cables of a telecom company would be completed by July 20. CESC has already shifted its cables and a water supply line has been removed.
Soon after all utilities have been removed, engineers would go back to the drawing board to finalise the stages of construction of the flyover after going through the plan.
“We will meet the agency building the footbridge by this week and finalise the plan for shifting these two utilities within the specified date,” a civic engineer said.
The footbridge will run over Asutosh Mukherjee Road and will have escalators, along with stairs. It will be built on public-private partnership with Exide Industries Ltd at an estimated cost of Rs 4 crore.
“We have been pressing for the footbridge after our boom barrier experiment failed,” an officer in Lalbazar said. “The Exide crossing is the secondbusiest after Park Street in south Calcutta in terms of pedestrian crossover.”
Source: The Telegraph