Vehicles headed to EM Bypass from Salt Lake as well as those moving towards Sector V are taking more than 30 minutes to cross a 30-metre stretch of Broadway during rush hours.
Broadway’s Bypass-bound and Sector V-bound flank both are riddled with giant potholes, forcing vehicles to move at a crawl to cross the stretch.
On Tuesday, The Telegraph was greeted on the road with a cacophony of honking horns and yells as private cars, taxis and buses struggled to steer clear of craters.
This newspaper, like others, took more than half an hour to travel a distance that should be covered in a matter of minutes.
Cars turned left and right in quick succession and bikers swerved dangerously to avoid potholes, many of which were filled with rainwater and difficult to spot from a distance.
“The potholes are of all sizes. Immediately after turning right from the Bypass, all vehicles are forced to zig-zag to avoid the craters in front of the SAI complex. However, it is a wasted effort as wheels keep falling into one pothole or another. If you brake suddenly, your car might get rear-ended,” said Biswajit Chakraborty, a resident of Garia who works in Sector V.
Traffic cops on the stretch fought a losing battle as snarls kept building up through the rush hours.
Madhumita Das, a resident of Golf Green who drives to her workplace in New Town, said she was stuck near the SAI complex crossing for close to 30 minutes on Tuesday.
Krishna Chakraborty, the chairperson of the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation's board of administrators, said they were carrying out repairs in phases but work was getting delayed because of rain.