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Posted: Sep 16 2018 (07:57)

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Sep 16 2018 (07:57)   Work flurry to clear Majerhat mess

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Calcutta: The state government has asked the PWD to take charge of the bridge demolition and reconstruction work on its own without depending on agencies.
The government has also rolled out a schedule for the public works department (PWD) to ensure that the new Majerhat bridge is built within a year in keeping with the chief minister's wish.
"The PWD has been asked to dismantle the rest of the bridge within a month and begin construction of the new bridge in two months. The new bridge has to come up within
a year. If the deadline is missed, responsibilities will be fixed," said a senior government official.
The state government brass will soon get in touch with the railway authorities for permission to demolish the portion of the bridge over the railway tracks, sources said. "It will not be a problem…. But the PWD has to ensure that the remaining portions of the bridge are demolished within 30 days," the official said.
The bridge construction could prove to be a challenge for the PWD, more accustomed to a supervisory role than work on the field. "We can dismantle the remaining portions by hiring payloaders and other equipment…. But we are not sure how we can erect the new bridge by hiring manpower and machinery as we have never done so," a PWD engineer said.
The roads wing of the PWD will be in charge of dismantling the structure and constructing a new bridge.
"The department has experienced and capable engineers…. They can draw up a design for the new bridge and hire equipment to demolish the old one," said a Nabanna official.
"There is no bar on seeking the help of government engineering companies such as Macintosh Burn or Britannia Engineering, which have the required infrastructure to construct a bridge," a PWD official said..
Taratala: Hoboken Road and Old Goragachha Road were opened to two-way traffic from Saturday morning. Both Behala-bound and Esplanade-bound vehicles taking the detour will now have to travel half the earlier distance to the north or south of the Majerhat bridge on Diamond Harbour Road.
The two roads few knew of before the Majerhat bridge collapse have been a boon to cops and commuters over the past few days. But police had only been allowing Behalabound traffic on Hoboken Road and Old Goragachha Road till Friday.
Two-way traffic on these roads will shorten the detour by 4.5km.
"Going till Nature Park and then taking the Garden Reach flyover meant a 9km detour from the Taratala crossing. The new route from Taratala Road through Hyde Road, Old Goragachha Road, Hoboken Road, Remount Road and Ordnance Depot would halve the distance," a local resident said.
Hoboken Road and Old Goragachha Road connect Hyde Road, near the Jain Kunj crossing, with Remount Road. From Remount Road, vehicles can proceed towards the ordnance depot crossing on Diamond Harbour Road or take Bhukailash Road to reach the Kidderpore crossing.
"Vehicles headed towards Behala as well as those coming from Behala were allowed to take Hoboken Road and Old Goragachha Road from Saturday," a police officer managing traffic in the area said.
The new route is likely to remain open from 8am to noon and from 4pm to 9pm on weekdays, police said. "We will allow buses when there is no truck movement in the port area. Cars, too, should take this road only when truck movement is restricted in the port area. Otherwise, there is a risk of getting stuck behind large trucks and containers," the officer said.
Truck movement is allowed in the port area between noon and 4pm and again be- tween 10pm and 8am on weekdays. Both Behala-bound and Ekbalpore-bound traffic is diverted through the Garden Reach flyover during that time.
Two-way traffic is likely to be allowed on Hoboken Road and Old Goragachha Road all day on weekends. But cops may decide to close the route depending on traffic volume.
The police are also banking on the Calcutta Municipal Corporation to repair Goragachha Road that goes in from Diamond Harbour Road past the Mint post office building. It is a semi-circular road that goes past Majerhat railway station and meets Humayun Kabir Sarani in New Alipore on its way to BP Poddar Hospital and New Alipore College.
"We want to repair Goragachha Road by Sunday night so that more vehicles can use it from Monday," a senior civic official said.
A corporation engineer, however, said it would take at least another week to repair the cratered road.
Officers-in-charge of several police stations and traffic guards in the port, Behala, Alipore and New Alipore areas held a coordination meeting on Saturday to discuss Puja traffic. "Roads connecting pujas in Behala will be identified for vehicular circulation and popularised among commuters," an officer said. MOTOR GUIDE On weekdays 8am to noon and 4pm to 9pm: Two-way traffic (Behala bound and Ekbalpore-bound) via the ordnance depot/Kantapukur crossing on Diamond Harbour Road Noon to 4pm and 10pm to 8am: Two- way traffic via Garden Reach flyover On weekends 24x7: Two-way traffic. But police may decide to open or close the route depending on traffic volume.
Central Avenue: Weekend traffic came to a standstill in pockets of the city on Saturday afternoon because of multiple processions, including one in Esplanade, and Puja shoppers at Burrabazar that hit the traffic on Central Avenue.
Hundreds of north-bound and south-bound vehicles were stuck in snarls as a procession passed through SN Banerjee Road to reach Rani Rashmoni Avenue in the afternoon. Another procession from Sealdah headed towards College Street via MG Road. As a result, traffic on Central Avenue and APC Road were hit.
The shopping spree in Burrabazar created a ripple effect on the Central Avenue traffic.
Moumita Ghosh, who had booked an app cab from near Sodepur around 1.30pm, could not complete the trip as the cab came to a standstill on Central Avenue around 3.15pm. "I had booked the cab till Esplanade but could complete the ride. I left the cab and took the Metro from Girish Park." Traffic officers said the snarls were the cumulative effect of various factors. "Weekend shopping will hit traffic. That is natural. But the situation worsened because of the rallies," an officer said.
The north-bound traffic from Calcutta to Barrackpore was slow because of the restrictions on buses and goods vehicles on the Dunlop flyover, another officer said.
The flyover would be closed to traffic from September 18 to repair a snag in one of the bearings.
"There have been huge snarls at the Dunlop crossing since rom Friday evening. As a result, the speed of northbound vehicles from the city has gone down," the officer said..
Taratala: Two teams of railway engineers visited Majerhat on Saturday and measured the signal posts that would have to be removed ato make way for two roads 500 metres apart to the east of the fallen bridge.
Separate teams from the electrical and civil wings of the Eastern Railway visited the two spots between 11am and 2.30pm on Saturday and took note of the challenges in removing the signal posts and setting up level crossings.
A railway team had accompanied senior officers of Calcutta police to Majerhat on Friday to understand what the state government expected of the central government. Saturday's inspection was a follow-up of the joint exercise.
There are five lines at the New Alipore-end and two after Majerhat station, towards Budge Budge. Primary estimates suggest that around 90 suburban trains travel all day between Majerhat and Sealdah, most of them towards Railway engineers inspect the tracks at Majerhat on Saturday New Alipore. "The railways has told us informally that six signal posts would have to be removed at two different points to make way for the proposed roads. This exercise would require a traffic block," a PWD engineer said. "Work on the proposed level crossings can only begin after these posts are shifted." Sources at Nabanna said the railways has told the gov- ernment that it would take engineers some time to understand how the level crossings would work at the two spots in Majerhat, given that it takes roughly six minutes for a gate to open after it closes. Besides, the final clearance for setting up level crossings would have to come from the commissioner of railway safety and that could take time.
Armed with tape measures, engineers checked the railway tracks and marked in red areas where level crossings would have to be set up. The team members didn't interact with their counterparts from the PWD and the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority who were busy preparing ground for the two proposed roads.
Railway engineers would start calculating the total number of trains on the up and down sections that cross the two stretches and find out the waiting period for vehicles on either side of the tracks at both the locations once the level crossings are set up.
"Hopefully, there would be several rounds of inspection before the railways lets us know about its findings and the feasibility of the project," a PWD engineer at Nabanna said.
Additional commissioner of city police Vineet Goyal, divisional railway manager (Sealdah) Prabhas Dansana and other officials conducted a survey from a train on Friday morning to identify level crossings, railway posts and other infrastructure that have to be relocated..

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