The Bailey bridge over Kestopur canal in Lake Town, the work for which is running as per schedule, is likely to be opened before the Puja. The authorities had set a Mahalaya (September 28) deadline to complete its construction.
The steel super-structure has been placed over the foundation and work to fix the super-structure with the bridge’s deck slab is going on. Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) is the nodal agency and Garden Reach Shipbuilders & Engineers Ltd (GRSE) is fixing the steel superstructure of the 45m long bridge, which would cater to one-way traffic from VIP Road to the canal-side road at Salt Lake’s AE Block.
“We have set a deadline of September 28, which is Mahalaya, to complete fixing the steel superstructure and hand over the bridge to KMDA,” said a GRSE official overseeing the project. “We will not rush to open the bridge. Its safety measures will be ensured before it is opened. We are trying to open the bridge in a couple of days from Mahalaya,” said a KMDA official.
The plan to set up the bridge was devised following the closure of the Chinrighata-bound flank of Ultadanga flyover after some cracks were spotted on a pier and the retaining wall on July 9 this year. The Bidhannagar Commissionarate proposed the idea of a Bailey bridge. The authorities then started making spot surveys to fix the exact location. After taking stock of all the possibilities, the spot of about 50m east of Lake Town footbridge was selected for the bridge. Piling work for setting up the foundation started from August. Officials said that the bridge, which is 4.5m wide, will be able to take about 55 tonne of continuous load.
Salt Lake residents are, however, a little apprehensive over the impending traffic situation that might crop up once vehicles start moving on the bridge. “We fear there would be traffic congestion and much pollution on the canal side road, which is primarily a residential area. It would had been better if the bridge could had been aligned in such a way that cars could move directly into the first avenue approach road, without having to pass on through the canal side road,” said Tapas Sengupta, general secretary of AE Block (Part II) Samaj Kalyan Sangha.
KMDA officials, however, said the Bailey bridge will have long-term usefulness to divert Salt Lake-bound traffic before going all the way to catch the Salt Lake Slip Road.
Source: Times of India