If things go as per plan, the Vivekananda Road flyover connecting central Kolkata with Howrah will be opened within three months.
The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) had started constructing the approach road to the flyover from Vivekananda Road side. Senior engineers of KMDA said the construction of approach road in the Howrah side could not be started as the Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) had not yet given the clearance. The state urban development department has already started talks with KoPT and according to the department officials, the impasse will be resolved soon.
Few months ago, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had initiated the steps to complete the Rs 164-crore project. The erstwhile Left Front government had taken up the scheme in 2007 to set up the flyover to ease traffic congestion at Burrabazar. After the construction started, local residents stopped the work alleging that the design was faulty. They alleged that there would be a hige problem due to the close proximity of the flyover with many houses. However, the KMDA went ahead and completed the construction work. The construction of the approach road became a major issue and the Left Front government did not take any step to resolve it.
As the cost of construction went up, Banerjee attended a meeting with the engineers and stake holders and resolved the stalemate. Now the work is on in full swing.
State Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim said steps had been taken to inaugurate the flyover within two to three months. The flyover will ease traffic congestion in Burrabazar and its surrounding areas.
Howrah bound vehicles from north and east will be able to take the flyover to reach Howrah. The traffic congestion due to heavy vehicles will considerably reduce after the inauguration of the flyover.