To ease out the traffic congestion along the Jessore road at Barasat in North 24 Parganas, the state government has taken a decision to set up a flyover in a stretch between Rathtala on Jessore road and Moina on National Highway 34.
The flyover will mainly help in clearing the traffic snarl at the rail gate number 11 on National Highway 34. The area often remains congested due to heavy traffic flow on the road, particularly near the railway gate. The North Bengal-bound vehicles and trucks are often caught in huge traffic jams at the level crossing. On the other hand, the ambulances from Malda, Murshidabad and Nadia often face difficulties to enter the city through the National Highway 34 because of the slow traffic movement in Barasat. The traffic movement gets slower near Barasat Dak bungalow more and Colony More.
To address the long standing issue of traffic congestion in the area, the state government has decided to construct the flyover which will connect Jessore road with the National Highway 34 with a Railway over bridge (ROB) at railway gate number 11. Once the flyover is completed, the North Bengal-bound vehicles will be able to take the flyover from Rathtala on Jessore road and will directly hit the National Highway 34.
According to the sources in the Public Works Department (PWD), a survey has already been carried out examining all aspects in this regard. A Detailed Project Report (DPR) will soon be prepared and tender will be floated. Senior state government officials will hold meeting with their counterparts in the Railways on the project.
Traffic movement on Jessore road stretches between Birati and Sisir Kunj in Madhyamgram has become fast after the widening of Jessore road. Traffic jam had always been a problem in Barasat as the two National Highways are not too wide here. It was neither possible for the state government or the NHAI to demolish the buildings that had come up on the roadside.
Due to lack of private roads, there was always a huge traffic pressure on the highways. As there is no alternative road to reach Barasat station, the police cannot stop the van rickshaws, e-rickshaws, autos and other slow-moving vehicles from hitting the highways. As a result, traffic movement becomes slow on both the highways.