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Martyrs’ Day rally likely to affect Kolkata traffic

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee regrets inconvenience caused to public

Our Bureau | Published 21.07.22, 06:30 AM
The stage at Esplanade being prepared on Wednesday, ahead of Trinamul’s Martyrs’ Day programme.

The stage at Esplanade being prepared on Wednesday, ahead of Trinamul’s Martyrs’ Day programme.

Pradip Sanyal

All roads leading to the heart of Kolkata will be closed to traffic for most of Thursday because of the Martyrs’ Day programme of the Trinamul Congress.

Chief minister Mamata Banerjee will be the main draw at the event, which is returning to Esplanade after two years. In 2020 and 2021, the programme was held virtually because of Covid.

Hundreds of thousands of people from all over the state have started arriving in Kolkata. If Wednesday’s traffic — it took over an hour to cover a 1-km stretch through Esplanade — was anything to go by, Thursday would be much worse.

Here’s a lowdown from The Telegraph

What: Trinamul to celebrate Martyrs’ Day on July 21 after a two-year gap

Where: In front of Victoria House, Esplanade

When: The rally begins at 11am

Mamata Banerjee likely to arrive at: 12.30pm

Event likely to end at: 2pm

Traffic disruption from: Early morning

Rallies to head for the venue from nine locations

Shyambazar five-point crossing

Route: Bhupen Bose Avenue — Bidhan Sarani — College Street — Nirmal Chandra Street — Ganesh Chandra Avenue — Chittaranjan Avenue

Howrah bridge

Route: Strand Road — Kingsway — Plassey Gate Road — Red Road — Mayo Road — New Road — JL Nehru Road — Bentinck Street

Sealdah station

Route: AJC Bose Road — Moulali — SN Banerjee Road — Dorina crossing — JL Nehru Road — Bentinck Street

Hazra crossing

Route: SP Mukherjee Road — Ashutosh Mukherjee Road — JL Nehru Road

Girish Park

Route: Chittaranjan Avenue

Kolkata railway station

Route: Roy Charan Sadhukhan Road — RG Kar Road — Shyambazar five-point crossing — Bidhan Sarani — College Street — Nirmal Chandra Street — Ganesh Chandra Avenue — Chittaranjan Avenue

Khudiram Anushilan

Route: Auckland Road — Strand Road — Kingsway — Plassey Gate Road — Kutchha Pathway through Taltala Ground — Red Road — Mayo Road — Dorina Crossing — JL Nehru Road

Geetanjali stadium

Route: Rashbehari connector — Hazra crossing

Azad Hind Bagh, Hedua

Route: Bidhan Sarani — College Street — Nirmal Chandra Street — Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road — SN Banerjee Road — Dorina crossing — JL Nehru Road

Transport availability: Most of the public transport will be off the roads. Buses, taxis and app cabs could be available later in the evening but in fewer numbers compared with other days.

Metro Railway: Metro will run its usual weekday quota of 288 trains. However, a heavy rush is expected as many rallyists from North and South 24-Parganas travel by Metro.

Kolkata police helpline numbers

Distress helpline: 100

Police control room: 033-22143230

Traffic control room: 033-22143644

Giant screens: Eight giant screens will be installed at the Chittaranjan Avenue-Meredith Street intersection, Chittaranjan Avenue-Madan Street intersection, Esplanade, in front of Oberoi Grand, near Dharmatala post office, on Esplanade Row East, on Lenin Sarani and on JL Nehru Road

Weather: One or two spells of rain are likely on Thursday, the Met office said. “The timing depends on the formation of clouds,” said an official.

I seek forgiveness: CM

Mamata Banerjee, who visited the July 21 rally venue for an hour on Wednesday evening to oversee the arrangements, issued a public apology for the disruption the event is likely to cause.

“We cannot change the venue, because this is where it took place. I seek forgiveness from the people. There will be crowding. Please bear with us for a day,” she said at Esplanade.

Mamata was referring to the death in police firing of 13 people during a protest that she, then a Youth Congress leader, was leading on July 21 in 1993. The Left Front was in power. 

“We have not been able to do this physically because of Covid-19 in the past two years. We are able to do it this year. For whatever inconvenience you might face because of this, I seek your forgiveness,” Mamata said.

Last updated on 21.07.22, 11:58 AM
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