Two new auto routes — between Sinthi More and Shyambazar Bata as well as Chiria More and Shyambazar Bata — introduced on BT Road from Thursday brought some relief for thousands of north Kolkata residents.
Kolkata Police started finding more long-term options to divert vehicles from Tallah Bridge with the help of Kolkata Municipal Corporation and transport department.
Though locals welcomed the new routes, they questioned the high fares. The 2km route from Sinthi More to Shyambazar Bata will run along BT Road, covering CIT More, Garage More, Chiria More, Paikpara and Tallah Bridge. While passengers commuting between Sinthi More and Chiria More will have to pay Rs 15, it is Rs 10 for others. The other auto route from Chiria More will follow the same alignment and the fares have been fixed at Rs 15. Till now, about 68 autos from three existing routes have been allowed to ply on this route (a little over 20 from each route).
Learning a lesson from Majerhat, where short routes to Metro stations eased pressure on the roads, WBTC has introduced a new route — M11A — that will connect Rathtala to Dum Dum station. While the immediate motive is to decongest RG Kar Road, especially Belgacchia Bridge, the police said they are looking into options, if they need to shut all vehicular movement for repairs of the bridge.
Source: Times of India