Featured Image: A file photo of the Parama Flyover at night from E M Bypass end.
By A Newsman
Kolkata, 27 October: EASTERN India’s longest, Parama Flyover in Kolkata, will permanently stay a one-way flyover until two more arms connect it to the AJC Bose Road Flyover.
The two new arms are currently under construction at Park Circus end. Although they are rescheduled to open in July next year; going by the progress of the work, they might take an additional four-five months to become operational.
Kolkata Police today issued a new directive stating that the 4.2 km long Parama Flyover would remain one-way from 9 in the morning to 9 in the night. Only vehicles from Park Circus to E M Bypass would be allowed to ply on it during the period.
However, from 9 in the night to 9 in the morning, the flyover would be open to two-way traffic: vehicles from both Park Circus and E M Bypass end would be allowed to ply.
While the police have not clarified as to how long this arrangement would continue, sources said, until the two arms connecting it to the AJC Bose Road Flyover are made operational. This means, Parama Flyover will remain a one-way facility throughout the busy hours of the day for about a year, if not more.
Built at a cost of Rs 455 crore, Parama Flyover was thrown open to traffic on 09 October. But ever since, the flyover saw massive traffic congestion at the Park Circus 7-Point Crossing where it lands on the western part of the city. This is because of the inadequate dispersal to handle the large number of vehicles availing the flyover.
Following this, Kolkata Police had made it one-way on a pilot basis for 15 hours in a 24-hour cycle until 26 October.