The Nabadiganta Industrial Township Authority (NDITA) has come up with a number of traffic changes and infrastructure development plans around the Metro station near Wipro at Sector V that will start functioning from February 14.
NDITA officials held a coordination meeting with the traffic police, transport department and Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRCL) officials to chalk out the steps needed for proper passenger dispersal at the Metro station junction where there will be a huge surge in both pedestrian and vehicular traffic from February 14 morning when services start.
The first and foremost issue that has been noticed by the authorities is that there is no separate pedestrian channel for passengers to cross the Salt Lake Bypass to and from the metro station. NDITA has decided to reconstruct a section of the footpath near a drainage pumping station for the convenience of commuters.
“It is being anticipated that as the Metro route begins with only five stations stretching from Sector V to Salt Lake stadium, there will not be much heavy rush. However, apart from office goers and other commuters, many people might take the Metro for joy rides for the initial few days. So, we should be ready to check any rush that may create traffic chaos,” said an NDITA official.
A pedestrian channel will be made on the Salt Lake Bypass for commuters to cross the road after coming out of metro station. They can also use it for entering the station as the traffic police will manage pedestrian movement. A bamboo barricade will be set up on Salt Lake Bypass to prevent pedestrian and commuters from crossing the road in unregulated manner.
Officials said that auto and bus routes are yet to be ready to ferry thousands of passenger to the metro station. A maximum of one bus and three auto or totos will be allowed to occupy the road space just outside the station. It has been planned that adequate number of buses, autos and totos will be kept near J K Saha bridge.
“Passengers coming out of Metro station will be advised to go towards JK Saha bridge, a few metres away, from where public transport will be available. The traffic police will keep watch to ensure that passenger dispersal is done in a disciplined and systematic way and that there is a regulated cluster of public vehicles in place so that traffic congestion does not occur,” said an official.
Source: Times of India