The state government has finally accepted the modified plan for the proposed Mahakaran Metro station and is likely to deliver the site to Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation on Monday. Once it gets the handover, the executing agency will cordon off the area through Monday night and impose traffic diversions from Tuesday.
The new design will now demand a larger space for the station than that planned earlier as the overground entries and exits had to be pushed beyond 100m from the nationally protected monument, Currency Building, as demanded by Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Going by the previous design, the station’s overground structures were to be constructed 85m from the monument.
Before deciding on altering the minibus stand site, operators were given three options: to shift to other bus stands, such as Santragachhi in Howrah or Nature Park near Taratala; set up a temporary shed near Vidyasagar Setu, or to drop passengers and return to the originating point with a brief halt at Dalhousie. “The stops will be scattered across BBD Bag and route numbers will be clearly written on boards. A bus on a particular route will be allowed to stop only at its assigned place. It will do away with the chaos that now reigns the area,” said a traffic-and-transportation planning directorate official.