Police on Friday listed 280 city roads that are in bad shape and urged various agencies to repair them by October 1, three days before Mahalaya.
Senior police officers stressed the need for immediate repair of roads at a meeting on Puja preparedness attended by representatives of the Calcutta Municipal Corporation and other agencies at Lalbazar.
“We have a target to repair the roads by October 4 but rain may pose a problem,” said P. K. Dhua, the chief engineer (civil) in the civic body.
Among the thoroughfares cops highlighted for immediate repairs are the EM Bypass, Diamond Harbour Road and James Long Sarani.
While the civic body looks after most thoroughfares in the city, the Bypass is the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority’s responsibility and James Long Sarani and Diamond Harbour Road the PWD’s.
Metro Railway is responsible for the part of Diamond Harbour Road where it is laying tracks for the Joka-BBD Bag project.
“Smooth roads are a key to ensuring smooth traffic during the Puja. That’s why we have been stressing immediate repair of the roads,” said a senior officer at Lalbazar. “The volume of traffic almost doubles on a bad road, increasing the chances of accidents.”
Metro has been highlighting the poor state of the Bypass and its service roads, Jessore Road, James Long Sarani, Diamond Harbour Road, Prince Anwar Shah Road connector to the Bypass, Park Circus connector, Beleghata Main Road, parts of CR Avenue, Kidderpore Road, Dhakuria flyover, Canal East Road, BT Road (between the Dunlop crossing and Sinthee) and parts of VIP Road.
Shibani Dhar, a 54-year old homemaker, died last Monday after being flung off a rickshaw when it hit a pothole. She was run over by a truck hurtling down the road in front of the Dakshineswar temple.
Apart from the civic body and the police, the agencies that attended Friday’s meeting at Lalbazar were CESC, Calcutta Port Trust, PWD, CMDA, HRBC and fire brigade. “It was our first co-ordination meeting with all agencies concerned before Puja. We will hold a meeting with Puja organisers at Kala Mandir on September 7,” said joint commissioner (headquarters) Rajeev Mishra.
A 57-year-old man was arrested on Friday for allegedly molesting a 19-year old Japanese co-passenger on a Bangkok-Calcutta flight. The accused, Narayan Singh, a resident of Punjab, was on the aisle seat next to the woman.