Wednesday, February 1

Ballygunge-bound arm of Parama flyover & elevated corridor

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 A study has found feasible not only a proposal for a Ballygunge-bound arm of the Parama flyover but also that for a parallel but shorter elevated corridor between Ballygunge and the Mithai crossing.

A formal report from the agency concerned is awaited but engineers and officials told Metro that the project was feasible and efforts were underway to float a tender soon.

The other elevated corridor that would take vehicles from the Gariahat flyover towards Park Circus would land a little south of the Mithai crossing on Syed Amir Ali Avenue. (See map) RITES, the consultancy arm of the railways, is preparing a detailed project report, which is expected to be submitted to the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA), which would execute the project.

A traffic survey had shown that nearly 1,400 cars were likely to use the proposed Ballygunge-bound arm every hour during the peak hours, said an engineer of Highway Solution Plus, a company that conducted the traffic survey for CMDA.

The arm would branch off from the AJC Bose Road flyover-bound ramp of the Parama flyover above the Zeeshan crossing on Syed Amir Ali Avenue.

“About 1,000 of these cars would be taking this route only after the arm is ready. These cars now use the Ruby crossing on the EM Bypass to reach their destinations,” said the official.

A police officer who has managed traffic in the Park Circus area for several years said that commuters coming from Salt Lake, New Town and the airport and headed towards Gariahat and beyond would take the Ballygunge-bound arm once it was ready. Many of them now take the Kasba con- nector from Ruby, he said. The arm would be about 2km long and should not take more than two years to be ready, said an engineer. It would touch down near Kalyan Jewellers, opposite The BSS School, and only a few metres from the Gariahat flyover.

“Cars can get down from this flyover and take the Gariahat flyover to reach Golpark,” said an engineer.

During the inauguration of the 1.074km ramp of the Parama flyover connecting it with the AJC Bose Road flyover last month, chief minister Mamata Banerjee had announced that RITES had been asked to conduct a survey for an arm of the flyover that would go towards Ballygunge.

The elevated corridor would begin parallel to where the Ballygunge-bound ramp would end. The length of this corridor is expected to be shorter than 2km. Vehicles coming from the south and towards Park Circus will be able to use it.

“After getting down near the Mithai crossing, commuters can go towards Park Circus to take the Parama flyover, Shakespeare Sarani, Park Street or take the AJC Bose flyover,” said an engineer.

The veteran police officer said his department had proposed that the Mithai crossing-bound elevated corridor should be merged with the Parama flyover or the AJC Bose Road flyover, instead of terminating it near the Mithai crossing. But sources said the RITES engineers had said this was not feasible because there was no space to merge the corridor with any of the flyovers.

The two parallel elevated corridors would be standing on separate piers, said an engineer.

Efforts are on but if the tender is not floated before the announcement of the general election schedule, the project could get pushed back by around three months. PROJECT FACTS A ramp of Parama flyover towards Ballygunge A flyover between The BSS School in Ballygunge and the Mithai crossing. This flyover will run parallel to the proposed ramp of the Parama flyover Both are feasible, according to RITES Work should not take more than 2 years once it starts.

Source: Telegraph India

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