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Flyover plan for southern fringes

The state urban development department has decided to build two elevated corridors as part of its plan to strengthen road infrastructure on the southern fringes of the city.

One would connect Brace Bridge with Batanagar and the other would link Kamalgazi near Garia to Baruipur, the proposed administrative headquarters of South 24-Parganas.

“The Brace Bridge-Batanagar flyover will span 7km and be set up at a cost of Rs 252 crore. The cost for the other elevated road, to stretch 9km, has been estimated at Rs 100 crore. The Brace Bridge-Batanagar link will be built through public-private partnership (PPP) and the other by the urban development department,” said Vivek Bharadwaj, the chief executive officer of the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority.

Speaking at a seminar on “Kolkata: New vistas of urbanisation”, organised by the Bharat Chamber of Commerce, Bharadwaj said expressions of interest would be invited for the Kamalgazi-Baruipur flyover and some other infrastructure projects.

“We will soon start the process of finalising the PPP terms for the Batanagar project before moving to the next step of identifying a private partner for it.”

Urban development minister Firhad Hakim said on the sidelines of the seminar that the impediments in the way of the completion of Vivekananda Road flyover — connecting Howrah bridge to Girish Park on Central Avenue — have been removed.

“All issues have been addressed and work should proceed in full swing. The second phase of the project will link Girish Park to Ultadanga,” Hakim said on the sidelines of the seminar.

The urban development department is also planning to build a few parking lots, including one each in Sector V and the BBD Bag area.

“We have also asked the port trust authorities to look for ways to utilise space on Strand Road to build a parking lot,” Hakim said.

“We are looking for land around the city to set up satellite townships. Our team has carried out a preliminary survey in Baruipur and Barrackpore, where we plan to use land that is not being used for cultivation.”