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In Photo: An old view of under-construction Parama Island flyover at E M Bypass end. Photo Courtesy: JnNURM WB.

Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata, 13 July: THE Parama Island-Park Circus flyover in the city, hanging fire since 2007, will be thrown open to traffic before the Durga Puja in October, state urban development minister Firad Hakim said today.

Work on the flyover is at an advance stage now. Once opened, it will be Kolkata’s longest flyover and reduce the commutation time between east and central Kolkata by half the time than now.

Mr Hakim said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee would soon write to the Centre demanding funding for all the incomplete flyovers in the state, including the Parama Island and Vivekananda Road flyovers in Kolkata, that were started under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission (JnNURM) now replaced by the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT).

Similar to JnNURM, AMRUT is a 10-year programme with an investment of about Rs 2 lakh crore. AMRUT includes almost all the major components of JnNURM but funding for the incomplete flyovers has been left out of its purview.

This has passed on an additional financial burden on the Bengal government already reeling under fiscal distress. Unless the Centre agrees to include flyover funding under AMRUT, the state shall have to bear the remainder cost.