A network of underpasses equipped with escalators will be constructed in New Town at the Rabindra Tirtha crossing, below the Kolkata Gate, to enable pedestrians to cross safely the six-lane Major Arterial Road that cuts through the township.
The decision to build four subways or underpasses at the crossing was taken at a recent board meeting of Hidco, which builds all infrastructure projects in New Town.
“All four underpasses will have escalators moving in both directions,” a Hidco official said.
The township now has 10 underpasses – eight at the Akanksha crossing and one each near Nazrul Tirtha and in front of gate No. 2 of Eco Park.
Of the 10, only the one in front of Eco Park has an escalator. It only moves upwards.
“This is the first time in New Town that we are going to install escalators in underpasses that will move in both directions,” Debashis Sen, the chairman-cum-managing director of Hidco, said on Sunday. “The decision has been taken following requests from elderly residents.”
Each of the new underpasses will have two escalators, flanking a staircase, at either end.
A Hidco official said the traffic department of Bidhannagar Police Commissionerate had proposed the construction of the subways at the Rabindra Tirtha crossing because of high vehicular and pedestrian density on the stretch.
“Hundreds of men and women working in IT offices near the Unitech intersection cross the thoroughfare near the Kolkata Gate on their way to work or home,” the official said.
“Pedestrians now have no option but to cross the road dodging speeding vehicles, putting their lives and limbs at risk.”
On Sunday, many men and women were seen sprinting across the road as vehicles whizzed past them.
An officer of the Bidhannagar commissionerate said they had mooted proposals for more subways in New Town, including one in front of the City Centre II.
Source: The Telegraph