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Throttle cloud on Bypass stretch

Calcutta, April 12: EM Bypass will be reduced to half its width near Silver Spring once work on the Parama Island- Park Circus flyover begins in a few days unless the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) completes the widening of the stretch by then.

Hindustan Construction Company (HCC), the contractors building the flyover, will cordon off 11.5 metres of both the Ultadanga-bound and Ruby-bound flanks from the central median, leaving only 10.5 metres open to traffic in each carriageway.

This will create a bottleneck on the 150-metre stretch near the Silver Spring condominium where a part of the flyover will be built. Fearing a spiral effect, the traffic police have requested the CMDA to complete the work of widening the Bypass on this stretch as early as possible.

“We will, in all likelihood, allow HCC to cordon off the road by next week. But we have requested the CMDA to widen a portion of EM Bypass as quickly as possible and also improve the condition of the service roads,” said Dilip Adak, deputy commissioner of police (traffic).

Adak was speaking on the sidelines of the first spot inspection by officials from the various agencies involved in the flyover project, such as HCC, the CMDA, the civic authorities and CESC.

According to a high court order, the government will have to hand over land in front of Silver Spring by May 2 so that HCC can quickly resume work on the city’s longest flyover, stalled since January last year.

The court has set a July 2015 deadline to complete the flyover stretch between Silver Spring and Park Circus tram depot.

CMDA officials said they would try their best to complete the road-widening work by the first week of May.

At today’s interaction, it was decided that the police would allow HCC to cordon off around 9 metres of the stretch of New Park Street between Bridge No. 4 and Topsia police station within a week or two.