Thursday, May 6

Twin Tolly bridges likely to be thrown open before Pujas

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The bridges across the Tolly’s Nullah on both sides of Tolly Club — at Karunamoyee and on Izzatullah Lane — are likely to be opened before the Pujas. State urban development minister and KMDA chairman Firhad Hakim will inspect the two bridges on Wednesday.

A problem, however, has cropped up over organising a 20-year-old Puja on Izzatullah Lane, just on the bridge approach. The organisers have already erected the pandal’s bamboo structure but are in a fix due to the revised deadline to open the bridge before the month-end.

“We have been organising the Puja for the last 20 years. Work of the bridge had started last December but had stopped suddenly after a few months. There was no work in the last six months. Work resumed only a few weeks ago. We have no problem with the bridge as it will ease traffic movement but we are urging the authorities to see if an alternative place could be arranged for us on an urgent basis so that we can organise our Puja,” said Pradip Dhar, a local resident associated with the IT Lane Nabadoy Sangha Durga Puja.

There is no such issue with the other bridge at Karunamoyee where work of the approach roads is on.

“The bridge across the canal itself had been completed a couple of months ago at both the spots. But work to set up approach roads had stopped due to some administrative issues. This work is now on and is expected to be completed in the next few weeks,” said a KMDA official.

An official said that it would help in vehicle movement on the Karunamoyee canal bridge approach if a portion of the boundary wall of Tolly Club can be demolished. “There is a 3.5-metre space for cars to move on one way. Traffic movement would be smoother if the boundary wall is dismantled,” said a KMDA official, adding that they are yet to get the permission from the club authorities on this matter.

Tolly Club authorities have indicated that they will provide the necessary permissions very soon. “The stretch which has been sought by the state is not being used. This is for a larger interest of the public. The members have given consent to it,” a club source said.

Kolkata Police has hailed the prospects of adding two vital links to New Alipore and Behala just before Durga Puja. It wants the new Izzatullah Lane bridge over Tolly Nullah to become operational at the earliest. Organisers of the Puja coming in its way can be requested to shift to an alternative spot.

Sources said that this will act as a parallel alternative to the Tollygunge Circular Road — the whole idea is to de-congest Durgapur Bridge and the New Alipore roundabout. “To de-congest Durgapur Bridge, it was important to ease the jams on Tollygunge Circular Road,” said police.

“So far as the new bridge at Karunamoyee is concerned, it will help ease the pressure on Karunamoyee Bridge, which now bears load beyond its capacity,” said an officer.


Source: Times of India

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