The route is different; the destination is the same. The alignment is different; the aim is the same. The much-awaited link road connecting Salt Lake with the airport is poised to take off, with the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government deciding to discard the old proposed route and chalk out a new pathway.
The road starting next to the CSTC bus stand near the entry point of Sector V, cutting through Rajarhat New Town and hitting VIP Road at Kaikhali, two km from the airport has been approved by the government.
It has been decided that the cost of constructing the road will be equally shared by CMDA and Hidco. Tenders for the project will be floated soon, said Alapan Bandyopadhyay, chief executive officer of CMDA. The cost of construction has been pegged at around Rs 7 crore. Work on the Salt Lake bypass would start soon on portions where land is readily available.
The revised proposal focuses on a six-lane road, about 955 m in length, of which 530 m will involve widening of a 15-m-wide existing road. The remaining 425 m will be new. The earlier plan, rejected for the cost factor (Rs 36 crore), was for a four-lane elevated road of about one km, including the approaches.
In addition, a 200 m at-grade
road would have to be built to
wards the Keshtopur bridge. "Be
sides the high cost, the plan was
very complicated with several
humps that needed to be con
structed," said a state urban de
velopment department official.
The new scheme requires 127
cottahs of land from allottees
like Border Security Force, West
Bengal State Electricity Board,
Central Reserve Police Force and
Webel. For the remaining
stretch, requiring 197 cottahs,
the land is more or less available
except for one building and some
other small structures.
A survey is being conducted
to the help clear the path for the
link road. "Issues like compensa
tion and alternative spots are
being discussed with organisa
tions situated on the route," said
a urban development official. A
committee with officials from
CMDA, Hidco and the urban de
velopment department has been
formed to speed up the process.
Plans are also afoot to con
struct a road connecting the Salt
Lake bypass with the Rashebe
hari Avenue connector of the
EM Bypass. "This is a part of a
long-term scheme to set up a
Greater Calcutta Ring Road,"
CMDA would be given the re
sponsibility to construct the