The city is set to get the long-awaited foot over bridge (FOB) at Exide, one of the city’s busiest traffic intersections. The construction of the bridge near the crossing of Chowringhee and AJC Bose Road, which had started in February, 2020, is nearing completion and is likely to be opened in early August.
According to a Kolkata Municipal Corporation official, the FOB was scheduled to be made operational last month but that could not be done due to the Covid restrictions that delayed the transport of essential parts of the escalators from Maharashtra. The 42-meter-long bridge will have two escalators for easy access along with stairs.
“The construction of the FOB is in the final stage. We are hoping the escalator parts will arrive by the end of this month. We have set an August date for the inauguration,” said a KMC official on Wednesday
After this FOB is ready, KMC will take up the construction of another FOB at the other end of AJC Bose Road near Sealdah. The civic body has responded to the proposal of the construction of this FOB from state health department as it will help doctors, students, paramedics and patients of R Ahmed Dental College avoid crossing the busy road.
“We have invited a tender and want to start the construction soon,” said a KMC engineer. The 52-meter-long FOB on APC Roy Road will have two escalators along with stairs.
Source: Times of India