West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee inaugurated the Park Circus-EM Bypass flyover here on Friday. The West Bengal government had promised to complete the flyover before Durga <g data-gr-id="46">Puja,</g> and has delivered on its promise. Banerjee said, “We had set a target for ourselves to complete this project and we successfully completed it.”
The Parama Island flyover happens to be Kolkata’s longest flyover, stretching to 4.3 km, from the Park Circus seven-point crossing to The Spring Club on EM Bypass. There is already an existing flyover stretching from near the Police Training Institute to the Park Circus crossing. Soon, these two are going to be connected too, to make travelling from Alipore to the EM Bypass and vice versa a breeze.
Accusing the Centre of non-cooperation, <g data-gr-id="42">Benerjee</g> said, “Despite non-cooperation from the Centre, I am proud to say we took it upon ourselves to complete the project.” Expanding on the lack of help from the Centre, she said, “The Centre walked back on its promise of constructing this flyover. But we took it forward.”
The triumphant note in the Chief Minister’s speech was evident when she said, “Soon West Bengal will shine all over India for its infrastructure… Despite all the development, the Opposition is indulging in slander politics. I tell them to stay quiet and witness the development.”
Commenting on the development of West Bengal under Trinamool Congress, she added, “Infrastructure is our asset. Our GDP growth is higher than the national average.”
She assured: “We will together build Bengal in all its glory. Have faith in us and we will soar to greater heights.” She also announced the construction of one more flyover – connecting Taratala with Prince Anwar Shah Road. Last but not the least, she didn’t forget to thank the labourers who worked hard day and night for many months to complete Kolkata’s longest flyover. “We thank all the labourers who built this infrastructural marvel, and the people of Kolkata for their patience,” she said.
Commenting on her successful official tour of Bhutan, the Chief Minister said, “We were spellbound by the hospitality extended to us by the King of Bhutan and his Prime Minister.”
She extended her warmest wishes to ghazal legend Ustad Ghulam Ali and heartily invited him to do a concert in the cultural capital of India, Kolkata: “I extend our warmest invitation to music legend Ustad Ghulam Ali. There are no boundaries in music.” She also inaugurated a number of projects for New Town. Among the projects are – a Herbal Garden, a tea garden and tea lounge in Eco Park, the Biswa Bangla Wi-Fi at New Town, <g data-gr-id="47">Mongal</g> Deep – a welcoming sculpture on Biswa Bangla Sarani, New Town, the Smriti Bon in Action Area I, Swapno <g data-gr-id="48">Bhor</g>- a senior’s park, a 500 KW canal-top solar project adjacent to Biswa Bangla Haat, the 3rd bridge over Bagjola canal in Action Area III, a 4 cusec-capacity drainage pumping station at New Town and the <g data-gr-id="49">statues</g> of Sk Mujibur Rahman, ex-PM of Bangladesh and Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, ex-President of India in the Mother’s Wax Museum, New Town.
The Chief Minister also inaugurated the Biswa Bangla showroom at Bagdogra airport from the same venue.