A state-of-the-art truck terminal is coming up at Baidyabati soon at an estimated cost of Rs 5,000 crore.
A MoU has been signed between the state government and Calcutta Goods Transport Association in this regard. The Association has purchased around 150-acre of land and the state cabinet has cleared the proposal recently.
This is a big step before the Bengal Global Business Summit scheduled to be held on January 8 and 9 as investment in infrastructure is a key area of discussion at the summit.
Alapan Bandopadhyay, principal secretary, transport department said that the department would cooperate with the promoters to set up the terminal.
Once functional the big trucks coming from the districts and neighbouring states will not be allowed to enter the city. The goods will be taken away in small trucks.
It may be recalled that the erstwhile Left Front government had allowed the construction of a truck terminal at Dhulagarh but it could not take off properly.
Traffic congestion has become a major problem in vast areas surrounding Burrabazar and Posta that come under the central business district.
Trucks are parked on Madan Mohan Burman Street, kalakar Street, kalikrishna Tagore Street, Pageyapatti and Synagogue Street making difficult for the pedestrians to move.
The traffic department of city police had made several plans but the traffic congestion in Burrabazar and its adjoining areas could not be brought under control. As the trucks bring goods for the wholesale market, they take hours to load and unload goods.
This long-standing problem will be sorted out when the terminal starts functioning in full swing.
The-state-of-the-art terminal will have truck bays both for trucks, trailors and container carriages. There will also be a rest room for drivers and helpers. There will be mechanics to check the vehicles and shops where spare parts would be available. Offices of the transport companies will also be there.
Small trucks will carry the goods to the city and there will be offices of the agencies, who will be handling this. The trucks that will go to northern or southern suburbs will be allowed to enter the city but will not be allowed to offload their goods.
A senior police officer said if proper traffic management scheme is made for Burrabazar then it will help both the public and the shopkeepers and godown owners. The construction work of the terminal will start soon.