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Govt proposes new flyovers for Kolkata, revives old projects

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Mamata Banerjee government has proposed many flyover projects to improve the city’s connectivity. Besides, a host of flyover proposals that had been put on hold for some time have also been revived. The chief minister on Friday announced a budgetary allocation of Rs 2,475 crore for the next financial year for implementing the plans to develop Bengal’s road and bridge infrastructure, which includes the city projects.

Most of the flyover plans are being taken care of by Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) with a few plans being looked after by the state PWD. A meeting was held a few days ago in which it was reportedly informed to KMDA and PWD about the plan to revive some flyover proposals for which detail project reports had been prepared.

The CM in her budget speech mentioned that feasibility studies would be conducted for a number of new flyover plans and that the projects would be executed if they are found to be technically feasible. Some of these new project proposals include a skywalk for pedestrians on Park Circus connector and a flyover from Paikpara to Sealdah station.

Other projects that have already been conceptualized and for which feasibility study will be conducted are the proposed flyover along Anwar Shah Road from Jibanananda Setu to Deshopran Sasmal Road crossing, a flyover from Ultadanga to Posta Bazar, a flyover along Raja SC Mallick Road from Garia to Jadavpur and a flyover from Majherhat to Tollygunge till Jadavpur-Garia.

Among plans announced by the CM, KMDA is already working to finalise route alignment of Bypass to New Town flyover.

Among other flyover projects that will be executed, for which feasibility studies have been completed, include Airport Gate to Jessore Road flyover on NH 34 and VIP Road, a 3km flyover connecting Ultadanga and Bangur Avenue, Ruby to Kalikapur flyover with skywalk for pedestrians and an arm from Maa flyover on Syed Amir Ali Avenue up to Gurusaday Dutta Road.

Roads from Pragati Maidan fire station to Bantala and from Bantala to Ghoshpur will be widened and a new bridge has been planned in Kidderpore.

Source: TimesofIndia

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