The state Urban Development department will construct a flyover connecting Selimpur with Sulekha to ease out traffic congestion in vast areas surrounding Jadavpur.
The initial cost of construction will be around Rs 200 crore. There is a proposal to construct an arm of the flyover that will end near South City Mall on Prince Anwar Shah Road. The survey work will begin soon following which tender will be floated to select the firm. There are often traffic snarls between Jadavpur and Selimpur in the morning and evening hours every day. The number of police personnel has been increased on this stretch and three traffic signals have been installed between Jadavpur police station and Sulekha intersection. But despite all the measures, traffic jams have become a formidable problem.
Traffic management experts had suggested the state government that to ease out traffic congestion, construction of a flyover was the only remedy. Vehicles going to Jadavpur and beyond from Gariahat will cross Dhakuria bridge and then catch the proposed flyover to come to Sulekha intersection.
This will not only ease out traffic congestion but will also increase the average speed of vehicles. But as the road is narrow, there will be massive traffic congestion during the construction of the flyover which may take any time between 18 and 24 months. The state Urban development department and city police will sit together to prepare a plan to control traffic movement during the construction of the flyover.
Similarly, traffic jams in areas surrounding South City Mall on Prince Anwar Shah Road has become an everyday affair and so it has been proposed to construct an arm of the flyover that will connect Anwar Shah Road so that Prince Anwar Shah Road-bound traffic can take this strip to reach the intersection after South City Mall easing out traffic in the area. It may be mentioned that after coming to power in 2011, CM Mamata Banerjee gave special emphasis on widening roads and construction of flyovers in the city to speed up traffic movement.