Friday, April 23

Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority plans fresh Bypass-New Town route; shelves Ballygunge flyover

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The proposed flyover from Park Circus to Ballygunge, for which the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) had floated tenders and later cancelled them, has now been put on hold as the stakeholders are yet to come to a consensus on the ideal alignment. However, KMDA engineers have come up with a new plan for a 6km flyover connecting EM Bypass and New Town via Chingrighata, Nicco Park and Sector V.

The proposed flyover will move parallel to the upcoming Metro alignment and KMDA engineers are preparing the project proposal and drawings, keeping the Metro authorities in the loop.

Sources said the government infrastructure advisory sub-committee had come up with a proposal to set up additional ramps from the proposed flyover from Park Circus to Ballygunge to come down at Gurusaday Datta Road, but the DPR consultants were not keen on the plan. Kolkata traffic police, too, had certain reservations over the project. “The proposed flyover project is now kept in abeyance for the time being, though a detailed project report has been prepared as per the traffic feasibility studies,” said a KMDA official.

As for the new proposed flyover connecting Chingrighata to New Town, the state had conceptualized it in 2013 with the objective to bypass the traffic congestion at several places between Chingrighata and New Town. A couple of years back, the state started working on the plan and an allocation of Rs 650 crore was made before the project proposal was referred to the Union ministry for clearance.

Environment activists opposed the project, pointing out that the elevated corridor would severely damage the East Kolkata Wetlands. The Calcutta High Court issued an injunction on the project until clearance was obtained from the Union ministry. Following the injunction, a Centre-appointed committee visited the site this year and suggested a realignment to minimise impact on the EKW.

“The new plan is to align the flyover over the land as the earlier proposals didn’t work out since the alignment was along water bodies,” a KMDA official said.


Source: Times of India

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