In Photo: A view of the Parama Flyover in Kolkata at EM Bypass end.
Kolkata, 08 October: EASTERN India’s longest flyover will be thrown open to traffic in Kolkata tomorrow 09 October.
The 4.2 km Parama Flyover has been built at a cost of Rs 455 crore, of which the Bengal government has contributed Rs 368 crore and the Centre has given Rs 87 crore.
Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is scheduled to inaugurate the flyover at 12 noon on Friday from near Bartaman Building on Eastern Metropolitan Bypass. Following this, it will be thrown open to regular traffic from around 2 pm.
But for the first two months, bus and trucks will not be allowed to ply on it; after two months the authorities will review the decision to take a call on this.
Parama Flyover was conceived by the Bengal government’s Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) way back in 2003-04 and has been built by the construction giant Hindustan Construction Company. The physical construction work for the flyover had begun in February 2010.
Parama Flyover will connect Kolkata’s EM Bypass to the Park Circus 7-point Crossing in central Kolkata. It has three arms on E M Bypass and one arm at Park Circus, for now. Two more arms linking it to the AJC Bose Flyover from Park Circus-end are scheduled to be made operational in July 2016.
Of the three arms on E M Bypass, the main arm lands in front of Bartaman Building on the flank of EM Bypass that runs towards Ultadanga and Kolkata airport. This arm has two lanes to handle traffic from both directions ~ to and from Park Circus.
The two other arms land near the PC Chadra Gardens on the flank of EM Bypass that runs towards Ruby Hospital-Garia Station Road. One of them will be for Up traffic (those going towards Park Circus) and the other for Down traffic (those coming from Park Circus).
COMMUTERS AVAILING PARAMA FLYOVER WILL BE ABLE TO AVERT SIX TRAFFIC SIGNALS:
- Park Circus 7 Point Crossing
- Congress Exhibition Road / Nasiruddin Road Crossing
- Darga Road Crossing
- Topsia Road Crossing
- Govinda Khatik Road Crossing
- Parama Island Crossing
For now, those commuting from Garia to Esplanade-Howrah station and from Airport-Salt Lake to Esplanade and beyond will immensely benefit from the flyover. On an average, commuters are expected to save 30 minutes. Approximately, 1 lakh vehicles are estimated to use the Parama Flyover a day.