The transport department on Friday came to the rescue of people commuting between the city and its northern suburbs, keeping in mind the imminent demolition of Tallah Road Over Bridge. The department announced several measures, including realignment of 20 auto routes, introduction of 50 medium size shuttle bus services, and plying magic cabs between Dunlop and Shyambazar. Around 100 app-based bus services and cabs will be available to ease the commuters’ woes.
“Metro will be operating 10 additional services to Noapara to give relief to the commuters. We have made similar request to Circular Railway for additional services,” state transport minister, Suvendu Adhikari, said on Friday.
Chief minister Mamata Banerjee had mandated immediate relief to the commuters without taxing their pockets. “We hope our system will give them relief,” said Adhikari, adding that a system would be put in place for round-the-clock monitoring of the new measures.
The number of vessels plying from Kothighat near Baranagar to Fairlie Place in Dalhousie were only two. Now 10 more vessels will be introduced and commuters can avail of the ferry service at an interval of every 10 minutes. “We are evaluating the possibility of additional halts for the benefit of more commuters. The safety protocols will be maintained and life-savers will be deployed at each jetty,” the minister said.
West Bengal Transport Corporation will operate extra mini and midi buses between Dunlop and Shyambazar. The buses will be rolled out by phases. “From Monday, we will be running 28 midi buses (34-seater) in the diverted routes. The number of buses will be increased to 50. Besides, from November 1, 100 mini buses (24-seater) will be deployed. There will be no increase of fare,” said the minister.
The performance of the routes will be reviewed after every 15 days so that necessary tweaking can be done to the services for the benefits of the commuters.
From Sinthee More to Shyambazar, autos will take passengers along the Tallah Bridge. From R G Kar to Dunlop, there will be more such routes. Twenty auto routes will be realigned for this purpose.
Source: Times of India