Underground Metro stretch plan for smooth VIP Road traffic

Underground Metro stretch plan for smooth VIP Road traffic

Bengal government has requested the Metro authorities to make the last and final stretch of New Garia-Airport completely underground right from New Town as it would be next to impossible to part with two lanes of VIP Road for permanent construction when the elevated tracks will merge with the ground level and then move underground.

In a recent coordination meeting, which was chaired by Bengal chief secretary Malay De, with the executing agency and Metro Railway, officers, including additional director general of police (traffic) Vivek Sahay and those from the PWD, explained how impossible it would be to part with two lanes — each 500 metres long — of VIP Road near airport for the construction.

State officials said the VIP Road has exceeded saturation point in last five years with Kolkata airport getting busier because of increasing air traffic.

“The ground situation has changed since 2011 when the Metro alignment was conceived. A half-day closure of one flank of VIP Road to facilitate underpass construction proved disastrous for traffic. Read More

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