Thursday, September 23

New flyovers to put Kolkata in the fast lane

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Commute in the city is set to be put on the fast lane with the inauguration of a number of flyovers and elevated corridors this year.

Working on chief minister Mamata Banerjee’s vision of upgrading the city’s transport system with better connectivity, KMDA officials said the flyovers—proposed and those almost ready—would help ease congestions and cut down on travel time considerbaly.

One of the most-awaited project is the ramp connecting the Maa flyover with the

AJC Bose Road flyover, which is scheduled to be ready by the end of this month and is likely to be thrown open to the public by March. The 1.1-km-long ramp, which will branch off from Maa flyover near the Topia police station and run over the Congress Exhibition Road and Nasiruddin Road, will offer a 9-km uninterrupted drive from the EM Bypass through the AJC Bose Road flyover to the racecourse.

Now, west-bound vehicles taking the Maa flyover on EM Bypass have to get down at the Park Circus Seven-Point crossing and travel a few metres before they can access the AJC Bose Road flyover. Officials in the urban development department, which is monitoring the project, said police would carry out trial runs for traffic management once the ramp was ready before finalising a traffic circulation plan. Once the ramp is ready, eastbound vehicles, heading for the Bypass, can through the day take the Maa Flyover from Park Circus Seven-Point crossing, a link that stays opens only from 10pm till 9am now.

The other elevated corridor that the city is waiting for is the 6.8-km-long Jinjirabazar flyover, Kolkata’s second longest flyover after Maa, which is likely to be inaugurated by March. Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) officials said the elevated corridor would offer an uninterrupted drive from Taratala Road to Budge Budge, without having to get caught in the congestions on the road below.

Apart from these two projects, which are set to make commute easier and faster for Kolkatans, a few more possibilities are also being explored. The KMDA is currently working on the feasibility study and preparing a detailed project reports on two proposed flyovers, one at the Ruby crossing on EM Bypass and another from Ultadanga to Girish Park and also on a ramp from the Maa flyover that will be built over Syed Amir Ali Avenue and Ballygunge Phari.

If the proposed flyover from Ultadanga to Girish Park materialised and the Vivekananda Road flyover was rebuilt and joined with it, it would be a swift link between Howrah-Burrabazar side and Ultadanga, majorly reducing travel time. Going by the proposal, an arm is also supposed to branch off from Kankurgachi to Bengal Chemicals off EM Bypass, which would be a two-way ramp to travel to and from Howrah.

The KMDA also plans to start work on two flyover projects, one from Dhakuria to the Jadavpur Sulekha crossing and another at Sector V, over College More. The authorities floated tenders for both last year.

Source: Times of India

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