Weekend all-clear for trucks to end backlog

Police on Saturday announced a fresh set of traffic relaxations for goods traffic in Calcutta with the focus on ensuring that vehicles carrying essential commodities are not affected by the diversions triggered by the collapse of the Majerhat bridge.

By Our Bureau
  • Published 9.09.18
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Trucks stranded on the Durgapur Expressway. 
Picture by Pradip Sanyal 

Lalbazar: Police on Saturday announced a fresh set of traffic relaxations for goods traffic in Calcutta with the focus on ensuring that vehicles carrying essential commodities are not affected by the diversions triggered by the collapse of the Majerhat bridge.

Vineet Goyal, the additional commissioner of police-I, said during a news conference in Lalbazar that port-bound goods vehicles would be allowed inside the city for the whole day on weekends. The existing restrictions on their movement will be in place on weekdays.

"We are also trying to provide easy passage to vehicles carrying essential commodities so that there is no shortage of supplies," Goyal said.

The driver of a vehicle carrying essential goods can call the traffic control room at 033-222143644 or the police emergency number 100 to report being caught in any unusual traffic restrictions, the officer said.

City police commissioner Rajeev Kumar had said earlier in the day that his department had been "working round-the-clock" and examining all options to keep traffic normal in the city despite the domino impact of the Majerhat bridge collapse.

Officials at Nabanna said the restrictions imposed on the movement of 20-wheel trucks had caused heavy snarls along some of the national highways.

In the wake of the Majerhat bridge collapse, goods vehicles had been barred from entering the city beyond the period 11pm-6am. On Friday, the window was widened to 10pm-6am. Saturday brought the change transporters were eager to hear: all restrictions on goods traffic stand withdrawn on weekends.

Sources said this had been done to reduce the pressure of vehicles that could not enter Calcutta at the scheduled time because of the bridge collapse.