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No final decision yet on plying of buses till Puja on Talla Bridge

No final decision yet on plying of buses till Puja on Talla Bridge

Kolkata: RITES on Monday informed the state government that allowing buses during Puja on Talla Bridge might be harmful and risky both for the bridge and the people.

Chief Secretary Malay De chaired a meeting with RITES on Monday in presence of state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim, PWD minister Aroop Biswas and senior PWD engineers, to discuss whether the bridge can be opened up for public buses till October 11. Sources in the state secretariat Nabanna said that the state government is yet to come to a conclusion and has decided to sit with the consulting agency again on Tuesday to take a final decision. RITES has informed the state government that allowing any vehicle above 3 tonne on the bridge will be a risky affair.

"A huge flow of traffic is expected from North 24-Parganas during the Puja. To negotiate the excessive rush, we wanted to use this bridge till the end of the festival. We are keen to allow buses on the bridge during the Puja but without the sanction of the expert committee this is not possible. We will again sit on Tuesday to find a possible solution," a senior state government official said. It may be mentioned that from Sunday, the bridge has been shut down for all buses and only light vehicles and pedestrians are being allowed.

Meanwhile, as per request of the state government, Eastern Railway will run three pairs of special trains between BBD Bag and Barrackpore stations via Dum Dum, with effect from Tuesday, to facilitate the passengers of Tala and Barrackpore area (via BT Road). The EMU specials will stop at all stations for both Up and Down directions.

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