The public works department (PWD) has decided to strengthen Jessore Road, the main arterial connection between the city and North Bengal and Bangladesh.
The decision was taken to prevent road accidents and increase the speed of vehicles. The work will be carried out by the National Highway Authorities of India.
Over the years because of repairing work of Jessore Road with tar, the slopes have become very risky. Vehicles particularly two wheelers meet with accidents the moment they tried to negotiate the slope. Also, heavy duty vehicles plying through the road prefer not to negotiate the slope to avoid over turning.
It has been decided that two layers of sand and clay will be put to level the main thoroughfare and then a tar top coating will be given.
It will be not be out of the context to mention that around 15 people had died in road accidents on Jessore Road in the past few months.
“This will not only make the route safe, it will increase the speed of vehicles particularly the trucks carrying perishable goods to Indo-Bangladesh border,” said a senior PWD official.
The work will be carried out in two phases. In the first phase the work will be carried out from Habra to Gaighata covering a distance of 12 km. The second phase work will be of 20 km from Gaighata to Petrapole border.
Tender to do the job has been floated and the work is likely to start by this month.