Kite string injures Calcutta scooterist on Parama flyover
A scooterist was injured when he got entangled with a kite string, lost his balance and fell on the Parama flyover on Thursday morning.
A major accident was averted because he spotted the kite string in time and pressed the brakes, police said.
He was also lucky because there were no vehicles trailing him on the flyover that could have hit him, the police said.
Rajeswar Banerjee, 42, a resident of Dum Dum, was heading towards Park Circus from EM Bypass around 8.25am when the accident took place. Banerjee was taken to Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital.
“The only way to stop accidents by kite strings is to put up wire fencing along the parapet of the flyover at least in the accident prone stretches,” said a senior officer in the traffic department.
Earlier this year, the Calcutta Metropolitan Development Authority had installed wired fencing on a 25-meter stretch near the Parama flyover and AJC Bose flyover connector as a pilot project to prevent kite string accidents.
At least two letters have been set to the CMDA in the last four months, the last one less than 10 days ago, Lalbazar sources said. The letters requested CMDA officials to install wired fencing between the Topsia-cut out and Gobinda Khatick crossing.
A senior official of the CMDA said the fencing project had started. “The tender process for selection of the agency that will carry out the work has already started. We are expecting to complete the project in two months,” the official said.