The two underpasses being built on VIP Road at Sree Bhumi and Golaghata crossings are almost ready and will be thrown open before the Puja so that pedestrians as well as visitors to the big-draw pandals in the area can use the facilities to safely cross the busy road.
People living in the neighbourhood, who have to regularly cross VIP Road, either to avail of buses or to walk to and from Salt Lake by the foot overbridges, are happy with the coming up of the underpasses as it would mean they would no longer have to worry about the speeding vehicles while running across the stretch, often putting their lives at risk. “The construction of the subways did cause traffic problems on VIP Road but once they are ready, it is going to hugely benefit pedestrians crossing the VIP Road. With these underpasses, people can more easily avail of the Golaghata foot overbridge and don’t have to solely depend on the Lake Town FOB,” said said Jayati Ganguly Majumder, an HR professional who lives at Lake Town and regularly visits Salt Lake for work. “It would also be of great help for pandal-hoppers like us, who will be able to safely walk across the road to visit Salt Lake.”
The public works department is adding the final touches to the two underpasses. “Work has been on in full swing 24×7 for the past one month so that the subways can be ready before the Puja. We are now fixing the tiles on the inner and outer walls, polishing the floor, painting the subway roof and decorating the surroundings with paver blocks and green patches,” said an official.
“The underpasses will definitely help Salt Lake residents to visit the Sree Bhumi and adjacent Pujas more smoothly than earlier. It would take a huge load of pandal-hoppers off the Lake Town footbridge as people can now use the Golaghata bridge and then use the underpasses to safely cross VIP Road,” said Surajit Maji, a schoolteacher and resident of Salt Lake’s FD Block who usually does not give Shreebhumi a miss. Echoing him, Mousumi Ganguly, a homemaker, said, “I lived in Lake Town and now, stay in Salt Lake. We used to visit Shreebhumi and other Pujas in Lake Town regularly but over the years, it has become difficult to cross VIP Road and one has to wait in a serpentine queue. The underpasses will hopefully cut down on the wait.” “The subways will help pedestrians cross VIP Road, especially during the Puja,” said Sankhadeep Roy Chowdhury, a marketing professional from Salt Lake’s AE Block.
Source: Times of India