KMC to upgrade AJC Bose, Diamond Harbour roads
The work has already started and the work that is being carried out on a war footing which is likely to be completed before the Durga Puja.
The step is a part of KMC’s plan to improve the roads and thus improve traffic movement in the city.
The KMC has within its jurisdiction 1,850 km road. It has already upgraded several importantthoroughfares like Chittaranjan Avenue, Shakespeare Sarani, Rawdon Street, Loudon
Street, Belvedere Road, Southern Avenue with Mastic Asphalt.
Though it is initially very costly but the durability of the roads repaired with Mastic Asphalt becomes longer.
It was in 1990s when KMC decided to upgrade city roads with Mastic Asphalt. But due to financial constraints only few roads could be upgraded in the manner.
In the past one decade, the condition of city roads has improved remarkably because of their upgradation with Mastic.
The traffic movement has also become smoother. All the important thoroughfares are brightly illuminated and even in lanes there are trident lamps.
After coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee gave stress on the maintenance and upgradation of roads along with city’s beautification.
Wherever there was little opportunity the roads were widened and covered with Mastic top.
Gone are those days when rides in Kolkata were bumpy and there were potholes on the streets.
Ratan Dey, member, Mayor-in-Council (Roads) said that as the duration of waterlogging had been reduced in the city, there was minimum damage to the roads.
He said because of heavy traffic on AJC Bose Road and DH Road, the work of upgrading with Mastic Asphalt could not be carried out in full swing.
Most of the work has been carried out at night. He said once the up-gradation of these roads were complete, the speed of vehicles on them would go up.