Kolkata Traffic Police has imposed one-way traffic on Lock Gate Flyover in the BT Road-to-Bagbazar direction from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. and for the rest of the day in the other direction to ease pressure on traffic due to closure of Tallah bridge for buses and heavy vehicles. Even though the traffic department has taken several measures to ensure hasslefree vehicular movement, daily commuters are facing difficulties after several private bus operators suspended services citing financial losses.
From Monday morning, buses on routes such as 34B (Dunlop-Esplanade), 34C (Noapara-Esplanade), 78 (Barrackpore- Esplanade), 201 (Nimta-Nicco Park), 214 (Sajirhat-Babughat), 222 (Bonhooghly- Behala Chowrasta), 32A (Dakshineswar-Sector V, Salt Lake), 202 (Nagerbazar- Science City) and S-185 (Nimta-Howrah minibus) have stopped plying. As a result, daily commuters are facing immense trouble in reaching their destinations. Many passengers, who are depending on the auto services from Sinthee to Shyambazar, had to stand in long queues.
The stretch of road from Shyambazar to Dunlop witnessed crawling traffic movement today. Many commuters, who are being forced to use alternative routes, said they had to pay extra fare. As many as 350 buses of nine bus routes have been suspended.