The traffic police have finalised a diversion plan for buses and minibuses of at least 12 major routes passing through the Park Circus connector in an attempt to ease snarls on the artery.
The plan will take effect from January 31.
“Once the vehicles are diverted, the load on the road connecting Parama Island and the Park Circus seven-point crossing will lessen considerably. The diversion schedule, initially for six months, has been drawn up keeping in mind the work on the Park Circus-Parama Island flyover,” said Dilip Banerjee, the deputy commissioner of police (traffic).
An officer in the traffic department said the rejig would prevent at least 173 buses and minibuses from taking the Bypass link. “The diversion will force a section of passengers to travel a longer distance but it can’t be helped.”
Insiders said north-bound vehicles on the selected routes would take Beleghata Main Road, Chaulpatty Road, Convent Road and Palmer Bazar Road on their way to the EM Bypass. South-bound ones will be diverted through smaller roads, such as BN Dey Road, Topsia Road and Gobindo Khatik Road.
To ensure that the smaller roads remain free for the buses, the cops will restrict the movement of medium-sized goods vehicles through them between 8am and noon and from 4pm to 9pm.
The movement of long-distance buses and contract carriages, too, would be restricted on the Park Circus connector. There will be no curb on small cars.
A notice announcing the diversion has been issued. The traffic police will soon issue advertisements detailing the new routes.
A section of officers in the traffic department, however, fears that diversion through narrower roads, especially for south-bound vehicles, would lead to more chaos.
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