38 days af­ter Kolkata bridge col­lapse, new route opened

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Ar­shad Ali ar­shad.ali@dnain­dia.net

Kolkata: Thirty-eight days af­ter the Ma­jer­hat bridge in Kolkata col­lapsed, an al­ter­nate route was made for the peo­ple on Fri­day.

The new Bai­ley bridge and the level cross­ing were tested be­fore be­ing in­au­gu­rated in the pres­ence of se­nior TMC lead­ers and top Kolkata Po­lice of­fi­cers.

The new route will fa­cil­i­tate traf­fic move­ment from New Ali­pore’s G Block to Taratala area of the south Kolkata neigh­bour­hood. Traf­fic cops said that ve­hi­cles from New Ali­pore’s Hu­mayun Kabir Sarani or NR Av­enue would take this route, cross the level cross­ing, and would reach Mom­in­pur or Es­planade ar­eas then via Ali­pore Av­enue and Raja San­tosh Road.

The ve­hi­cles on this route were com­pelled to take a round­about route so far. For the time, the new route will be one-way; soon a de­ci­sion on two-way move­ment of ve­hi­cles would be made. It is also ex­pected that traf­fic log­jam in the area, caused by the bridge col­lapse, would be brought down and the pres­sure on Dur­ga­pur bridge ow­ing to traf­fic di­ver­sion would also lessen.

The Bai­ley bridge, sup­plied and erected by Gar­den Reach Ship Builders and En­gi­neers Ltd, is 80-feet long and 4.25 m in breadth. The bridge has cost the Pub­lic Works De­part­ment Rs 21 crore and its ca­pac­ity is 70 tonne. Although sources said that the bridge has the ca­pac­ity to with­stand heavy ve­hi­cles, traf­fic cops said only two and four wheel­ers would be al­lowed for the time be­ing.

The col­lapsed Ma­jer­hat bridge

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