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Roads listed for pre-Puja repair

Calcutta police have prepared a list of over 400 roads and lanes across the city that need immediate attention — repair or makeover — before Durga Puja.

A large part of the pre-Puja coordination meeting on Tuesday between Calcutta police and various utility services was devoted to planning repair of bad roads, potholed service roads and cratered connectors.

“A list of roads, lanes and bylanes that need to be repaired before Durga Puja has been handed over to the authorities concerned,” said a senior police officer after the meeting at Lalbazar.

The agencies that sent representatives to the meeting included the Calcutta Port Trust, Calcutta Municipal Corporation, public works department, Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority and the Calcutta Improvement Trust. The agencies are responsible for repair and maintenance of roads across Calcutta.

Representatives of CESC, BSNL, railway and the pollution control board also attended the meeting.

Sources in the traffic department said the entire EM Bypass, Ruby crossing, Rashbehari connector, roads in large parts of Behala, Diamond Harbour Road, stretches of BT Road, the service road in front of ITC Sonar and parts of Park Circus connector need immediate attention.

Metro lists some of the other issues discussed at the meeting

● Single-window system: Like the previous three years, this year, too, the puja organisers would get all clearances — from the CMC, CESC, fire department and the police — from a single counter. “The forms that the organisers have to fill in are available at the police stations. They have to be handed over to the local borough office, where officials of the CMC, CESC and fire department would be present. If the three agencies grant permission, the police would automatically give their permission. Filled-in forms could be submitted to the borough offices between September 8 and 20.

● Use of Metro subways: The police have proposed to use the Metro Railway subways for movement of puja revellers to avert congestion on roads. The plan and its feasibility are yet to be tested.

● Proposal for AC trams: The police are considering a proposal to run air-conditioned trams during the puja. Tram service is usually restricted on Puja days after 4pm.

● Cracker crackdown: The meeting decided to start an early crackdown on the manufacture, carrying and use of banned firecrackers. Such drives are usually undertaken at the 11th hour before Diwali.

● Special trains: Eastern Railway and South Eastern Railway officials said several special trains would be run during the festive season.