State transport corporation to connect Delhi Road with NH-34 via Ishwar Gupta Setu
Once the project is complete vehicles going to North Bengal and Sikkim from Burdwan and Hooghly will be able to use this thoroughfare bypassing Kolkata.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee while speaking at the Bengal Global Business Summit has said that no development of north eastern states and Sikkim is possible unless road connectivity in Bengal is developed.
Before the Golden Quadrilateral was constructed, Delhi Road connecting Dankuni with Mogra which is parallel to GT Road was used by heavy vehicles as GT Road was congested throughout. The volume of traffic on this road went up and the truck operator associations requested the Left Front government several times to widen the road. After coming to power Trinamool Congress government chalked out a plan and the widening process was carried out in such a way that it did not affect traffic flow.
The work to connect Hooghly and Nadia through the expressway is in the pipeline and it is expected to start after completion of the on-going project to widen the Delhi Road. The most important part of the project is that the four-lane Ishwar Gupta Bridge across river Hooghly will be of six-lanes. At present, the bridge is connecting Delhi Road via GT Road in Hooghly while on the other side of the river the bridge leads to Barackpore-Kalyani Expressway. The roads connecting the bridge would be of four lanes.
With the completion of the project Delhi Road in Hooghly will get a direct access to National Highway-34. The road from Ishwar Gupta Bridge will meet NH-34 at Bara Jaguli in Nadia. Explaining the new route that one can take to reach North Bengal in the least time, an officer of WBHDCL said, “A vehicle coming from Asansolno will not have to cross Palsit, Singur, Dankuni to reach Nivedita Setu enroute NH-34 via North 24-Parganas. Instead the vehicle will go to Mogra take a right turn and reach Ishwar Gupta Setu via the newly widened Delhi Road. By taking the six-lane bridge one can directly come to NH-34 at Bara Jaguli. Rites and COWI of Denmark are carrying out the pre-project work.
Moreover, the work of the widening of the Delhi Road from Dankuni to Magra is gaining pace. The first phase of the project that is widening of the road from Mogra to Chandernagar apart from the construction of a rail over bridge will be completed by April and the remaining part that is from Chandernagar to Dankuni will be completed by December this year.