Saturday, June 19

Salt Lake civic body takes up Rs 75 crore project to finish road-repair work

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The Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) will start off repair work on the Salt Lake stretches that could not be fixed before the Puja. The authorities are taking up the Rs 75-crore project to repair roads across all 41 wards of BMC area, including Salt Lake and Rajarhat.

The Bidhannagar traffic police had identified and listed 13 stretches in Salt Lake, which were in pathetic state before the Pujas. The civic body took up road repair work only a few weeks before the Pujas and it had to stop during the festival. The condition of roads, specially the lanes inside the blocks, are still in poor shape.

One of such damaged stretch is the spot in front of Purta Bhavan crossing, where a large portion of the damaged section has been patched up with just bricks. Motorists said the road surface has become uneven and it creates inconvenience for them.

“Condition of road in many places, specially in Sector III is pretty bad. The pipeline channels are yet to be repaired. The rough patches have been haphazardly covered with brick only but bitumen layer is yet to be relaid. This is not only reducing road space but also causing traffic chaos,” said Tamal Pal, a resident of HB block.

Kawshik Dutta, a resident of BD Block who travels to work on a bike, said: “The potholes are dangerous for bikers. Bikes can skid off even if they ride over it at a speed of 30kmph.”

BMC officials said repair work could not be taken up early due to the delayed rains that continued even after Mahalaya. “Repair work of the remaining stretches, which could not be completed before Pujas, will be taken up now. Ready hot-mix bitumen mixture will be brought from outside and laid down on the damaged surface,” said a BMC road department official.

Officials said they are also taking up trial run to repair roads using cold mix.


Source: Times of India

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