Kolkata Traffic Police released the detailed plans for traffic diversion during the period when the Sealdah flyover will remain close for health audit. Releasing the traffic advisory at a Press conference, DC Traffic Santosh Pandey said that traffic movement would be smooth and hassle-free during the 72 hours closure when a portion of the flyover will be closed in between Mahatma Gandhi Road and Beliaghata Main Road.
“KMDA had requested for the closure of the flyover for load testing and we have fixed that the flyover will be closed from 6 p.m. on 15 August to 6 p.m. on 18 August. We hope that traffic movement in that period will be smooth as we have made detailed plans for the traffic diversion. We have also put up hoardings on roads leading to the flyover announcing the road diversion and mentioning the parking zones,” said Mr Pandey.
As per the plan, while the stretch between M G Road and Beliaghata Road flanks will be closed to traffic, M G Road and Beliaghata Road will be completely functional.
All Sealdah station and South-bound vehicles coming from North via A P C Road will be diverted either from A P C Road and M G Road crossing on the flyover to avail the road underneath the flyover through Amherst Street and B B Ganguly Street or from Rajabazar crossing to take Narkeldanga Main Road and Canal East Road to reach the station. Vehicles coming from North can also take the route from Shyambazar five point crossing towards Bhupen Bose Road-C R Avenue and Manicktala crossing via Vivekananda Road.
South-bound heavy goods vehicles and trailers will, however, be diverted only from Shyambazar five point crossing towards C R Avenue.
While Sealdah Stationbound vehicles coming along A J C Bose Road will take the normal route, North-bound small vehicles will be diverted either from Moulali crossing via S N Banerjee-Dorina crossing-C R Avenue to take Colootola Street/Vivekananda Road or from Exide (Rabindra Sadan) crossing via J L Nehru Road. Goods vehicles coming from the South will also take the same route as smaller vehicles.
Since there will be no terminal at Sealdah, buses coming from different directions will temporarily terminate at Rajabazar tram depot or near NRS Hospital.
The movement of trams along APC Road, M G Road, College Street, Nirmal Chandra Street, Lenin Sarani and Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road will be suspended during the repair work. There will be no parking restrictions on both sides of Amherst Street, B B Ganguly Street, College Street, N C Street, Creek Row, S N Banerjee Road and Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road during the entire exercise.