Sealdah flyover to remain shut for 4 days
Kolkata: Traffic movement on Sealdah flyover will be suspended from August 15 evening to August 18 evening for the purpose of load capacity test of the flyover. During this period, the Kolkata Police has made an elaborate arrangement to divert the vehicular movement through various stretches.
However, senior traffic police officials admitted that during the four days closure of Sealdah flyover, some of the stretches in the city may face traffic congestion and thus, people have been requested to plan their journey with sufficient time in hand.
According to Kolkata Police, during these four days, the stretch on the flyover between M G Road Crossing and Beliaghata Main Road Crossing will be closed. Vehicular movement on Sealdah flyover, North to South, and vice versa will be suspended from 6 pm on August 15. As a result, tram services along Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road, M G Road, Bidhan Sarani and Lenin Sarani will be suspended or restricted. As the Beliaghata Main Road will be open, passengers coming from South Kolkata will not have to face any difficulty to reach Sealdah railway station. Those coming from North Kolkata will have to avail M G Road, Amherst Street, B B Ganguly Street to reach Koley Market. From there, they have to take a left turn and move along the road under Sealdah flyover in order to reach the railway station. In another arrangement, vehicles going to Sealdah railway station will be diverted from Rajabazar Crossing to avail Narkeldanga Main Road, Canal East Road and Beliaghata Main Road.
South-bound vehicles will be diverted through M G Road and Amherst Street and Lenin Sarani in order to reach Moulali Crossing. If the pressure of traffic increases at any point of time, traffic may get diverted from Maniktala Crossing to Amherst Street and from Shyambazar Crossing to Bhupen Bose Avenue and C R Avenue. The North-bound vehicles will be diverted using S N Banerjee Road via Janbazar/Esplanade, Dorina Crossing, Central Avenue and Colootola Street in order to reach APC Road in Sealdah.
The buses will also follow the same routes except those which originate and terminate in and around Sealdah. Buses from few routes which come along the AJC Bose Road and usually terminate at Rajabazar will be stopped in and around NRS Medical College and Hospital. Buses from routes which terminate at Sealdah railway station area will be diverted to APC Road and will be terminated near Rajabazar.
The South-bound heavy goods vehicles such as container trailers and others will be diverted from Shyambazar to Bhupen Bose Avenue to avail C R Avenue. South-bound medium and light goods vehicles will be allowed to move along the APC Road till Maniktala. From there, those will be diverted to Vivekananda Road and Girish Park to avail C R Avenue.
Kolkata Police has also informed that during the four days of closure of Sealdah flyover, traffic movement along Amherst Street, BB Ganguly Street, College Street, N C Street, S N Banerjee Road, Creek Row and Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road will be one way round-the-clock.
Also 'No Parking' restriction will be imposed on these roads during the period of the closure. Apart from these restrictions, vehicular traffic may also be diverted from any arterial and feeder roads if necessary by the traffic officials.