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PWD set to remove tram tracks from Belgachia bridge

Kolkata: The PWD (Public Works Department) is all set to float a tender for the removal of tram tracks from Belgachia bridge. PWD and state Transport department officials conducted a meeting to chalk out the future course of action in this regard at Nabanna on Thursday.

The state government has decided to remove tram tracks and the bitumen layer from the bridge to decrease the load. "We will float the tender for removal of tram tracks from Belgachia bridge soon," said an official of the state Transport Department, who was present at the meeting.

According to sources, the tender will mention that the implementing agency must not use any machinery which can create tremors while removing the bitumen layer.

Recently, along with other bridges and flyovers in the city, experts have also checked the health of Belgachia bridge. After examination, it was found that it is not in a good condition and is not capable of carrying heavy load.

PWD has set a timeframe of one month to complete the work and it is feared that due to the same, heavy traffic congestion may take place. If such a condition prevails on the bridge, then it would not be beneficial as due to the jam, heavy vehicles would have to halt for a longer period on the bridge, thus increasing the load to a great extent.

The decision to remove the tram track comes a month after plying of buses and heavy vehicles was stopped on Talla bridge.

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