KMDA officials, along with Bidhannagar commissionerate cops, visited VIP Road on Wednesday to inspect a site, where a Bailey bridge is likely to be set up across the Kestopur canal, so that not all vehicles headed to the city have to converge on the Ultadanga crossing, leading to a massive jam. If the Bailey bridge is built, vehicles from VIP Road and airport can take a turn and enter Salt Lake, which is likely to ease the snarls at the Ultadanga crossing and at the beginning of the Bypass-bound slip bridge.
Jams have become a regular feature at these spots, especially since the Bypass-bound Ultadanga flyover flank was shut.
Police said their proposal for the Bailey bridge had received a nod from the KMDA in principle, but the alignment was yet to be finalised and the state cabinet would have to grant a formal approval before any work could begin. Though a deadline of 28 days have been set to build the bridge, Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation, KMDA and police are likely to hold further discussions.
Officials, however, pointed out that instead of building the bridge near Ultadanga, as was planned earlier, they were now looking at a spot near Lake Town. The vehicles from VIP Road would have to take a left turn to get on the bridge and cross over to the canal-side road in Salt Lake, avoiding the congestion near Ultadanga, officials said. “Instead of choosing a site near Ultadanga, we have moved 600m closer to Lake Town, as we don’t want the vehicles to get stuck in the jam ahead,” said a senior police officer.
“The whole idea is to prevent congestion on the old one-way ‘slip bridge’ that motorists use to reach the Salt Lake-Hudco crossing and Bypass from VIP Road. The Bailey bridge is the quickest solution. KMDA is likely to use a ready-made structure here,” claimed a senior IPS officer from the Bidhannagar commissionarate. An official said some construction companies often kept the super structure of a Bailey bridge ready, only to be fixed at a site. “This takes only about six to seven days. But if the super structure if not available, it would take 26 to 28 days,” he said.
The KMDA authorities are waiting for an inspection report on the Chingrighata-bound flank of the Ultadanga flyover to decide on the technology that will be used to repair the cracks and from when. “The design of the portion where the cracks have appeared is being examined to find out why those developed,” said a KMDA official. The authorities are consulting the state-appointed advisory committee.
Source: Times of India