At a time when bridge repairs and closure of key roads across the city have increased travel time for residents, large stretches of Eastern Metropolitan Bypass underwent major expansions over a period of time to accommodate more vehicles.
From Chingrighata crossing in the north to Patuli in the south, large stretches of Bypass have been widened over the last few years, which resulted in dip in commute time.
Among the most significant expansions is that of Metropolitan crossing where the road width has almost been doubled in the last two years. According to commuters, expansion of EM Bypass from Chingrighata till Captain Bheri has significantly reduced traffic congestion.
Traffic officers said that Chingrighata-bound vehicles from Ruby- and Park Circus-end earlier used to create bottleneck at this juncture. With increased vehicular pressure and a Metro alignment coming up at Chingrighata, there will be huge surge in both vehicular and pedestrian traffic in the days ahead. Considering this, KMDA authorities have already come up with plans to properly disperse traffic with new underpasses, foot bridges and flyovers.
At Chingrighata crossing, a traffic rush is a regular affair during office hours on weekdays. Dipayan Banerjee (22), who regularly travels through this stretch, said that earlier it used to take around 45 minutes for him to reach his destination but now, due to the traffic congestion and diversions, it takes around one and a half hours for him to cover the stretch. “The closure of Chingrighata flyover for heavy vehicles, including buses, has become a trouble,” he said.
At least two lanes have also been carved out at the crossing of Prince Anwar Shah Road connector and Bypass. “Once the new flanks become operational, then only we can understand the difference in traffic management. Earlier, the police kiosk was at the centre of the road but now it has been shifted,” said Aniruddha Mukherjee (40), a daily commuter.
“Extension work in front of Benubon Chhaya Park has resulted in smooth traffic flow,” said Sumit Rai, a shopkeeper beside the park. “Steps are being taken to develop traffic infrastructure on EM Bypass, specially at places where Metro stations are coming up,” said a KMDA official.
Source: Times of India