With an aim to increase the speed of vehicles especially in the areas where the roads were narrow, North 24-Parganas Zilla Parishad took a project to widen several roads in the district.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate the project that has already been completed along with many others on January 28.
Zilla Parishad and state Public Works department had implemented the project with a budget of Rs 55 crore.
Poor condition of roads was a major problem in the district especially in the bordering areas of Bongaon and Basirhat. Traffic movement in these parts becomes slow due to narrow roads most of which are full of potholes.
With an aim to improve the condition of roads, the state government has taken up various projects including the widening and strengthening of Taki Road from Champadali in Barasat to Hansdabad with a budget of Rs 30 crore. A senior Zilla Parishad official said the work will be done in three phases.
Under this new project, the 13-km stretch that connects Kalinagar with Khulna in Bangladesh will be widened at an approximate cost of Rs 13 crore. The 10-km stretch of Hingalgunge and Lebukhali road will be renovated by spending Rs 9 crore.
Various other roads in Habra will be widened and strengthened to ensure smooth traffic movement in the area. State Public Works Department along with North 24-Parganas Zilla Parishad will supervise the construction of various roads that have been taken up under this new project.
It may be mentioned that traffic congestion has been a serious issue along the National Highway 35 near the Habra station. As the road connects the city with Bangladesh, there is always a heavy volume of traffic. The trucks that carry goods to Bangladesh often get stranded due to traffic congestion along the highway.
Narayan Goswami, Karmadhakshya, Purto Karya and Paribahan Sthayee Samity, North 24-Parganas Zilla Parisad said: “The new projects will ease out the traffic flow in the area. We have taken up elaborate schemes to develop the condition of roads in the rural areas, many of which have already been completed.”