Flyover for smooth flight
Airport: The airport authorities have proposed a flyover from the Kaikhali crossing on VIP Road to Jessore Road for smooth flow of airport-bound vehicles.
The airport is barely a kilometre away from the Kaikhali crossing but it often takes vehicles more than half an hour to cover the stretch because of traffic congestion. There have been several instances of passengers getting caught in the snarl and missing flights.
The proposed flyover will start at the Kaikhali crossing and travel to the airport via the VIP Road-Jessore Road junction near airport Gate No.1, where it will have two arms. One arm will go up to Nager Bazar and the other near airport's Adhai No. Gate on Jessore Road. Jessore Road-bound vehicles would be able to take the flyover.
"This is a huge problem. I have seen pilots getting off their cars and running towards the terminal after being stuck in jam," said Saugata Ray, the chairman of the airport advisory committee and Trinamul Congress MP from Dum Dum. "Several temporary measures have been taken to ease the congestion. But a flyover is the only solution, it seems... The state government has agreed in principle."
Roy chaired a meeting of the committee at the airport on Monday to discuss the matter but could not confirm when work was likely to begin.
Airport director Atul Dixit said several requests have been made to the state but in vain. "Today we took it up at the advisory committee meeting and hope the administration will take action," he said.
Volvo buses to the airport are not allowed to turn right to the flyover and have to ply along the road within the airport along with Jessore Road-bound vehicles.