The police have decided to develop school-specific traffic circulation plan when the Madhyamik exam kicks off on February 18. Besides the master plan, sergeants, who will be posted at key intersections have been asked to drop students to their respective centres if they get stranded or don’t have proper idea about realigned routes. The plan will also be widely circulated to schools, students of which will write their exams at centres in the Shyambazar area.
Shyambazar traffic guard has contacted all the 20 schools under their jurisdiction to ascertain their requirements. “The idea is to ensure that no examinee faces traffic challenge. We might thus tweak the main circulation plan to accommodate students who will get the priority on exam days,” said joint CP (traffic) Santosh Pandey.
Police said that with the roads hardly offering an extra lane on the opposite flank (where possible), all plans are being made from Shyambazar five-point crossing and Chiria More. Among the various suggestions on the table are turning key roads one-way and arranging a temporary pedestrian path near Tallah Bridge. Cops also plan to give special badges to examinees so that they can be easily identified on road.
“We will be realigning traffic an hour before the exams. The parking issues too will be addressed,” said another officer at Lalbazar. There are 20 Madhyamik exam centres and 11 HS exam centres within the Shyambazar traffic guard area alone.
Pandey said the police have put up adequate signages near important crossings. “We will also ideally want motorists to use the new Kolkata station route. There is a petrol pump after the Khanna crossing. One has to take the first right turn from there, reach Raja Dinendra Street and then cross a Bailey bridge on to the Canal Circular Road on way to Kolkata station,” said Pandey.
Police said suspension of truck movement near Tallah Bridge has helped them de-congest the north-bound traffic, especially in the Chitpur area. “Except for RG Kar Road stretch, we have come up with alternative strategies. The pedestrian crossover near the RG Kar gates still have not thrown up positive results,” said an officer.
The cops are also trying to see if the Khagen Chatterjee Street connecting Gopal Lal Thakur Road can be utilized for two-way movement.
Source: Times of India