VIP Road Likely To Get 2nd Flyover


Kolkata: The state government has proposed a flyover, connecting Ultadanga to DumDum Park on VIP Road, to ease out traffic congestion on the Shreebhumi to Bangur stretch and further, reduce the travel time to the Kolkata airport.

According to state secretariat sources, the state Public Works Department (PWD) is already working on the proposal’s feasibility report. Once the detailed project report is ready, it would take some 18 to 24 months to construct the flyover, sources said.

According to plans, the proposed 2km, four-lane flyover would start from the spot where the Ultadanga flyover comes down from EM Bypass near Dakhindari. It would move towards VIP Road via Lake Town and Bangur before coming down at Dum Dum Park. The Kestopur flyover starts some hundred meters from this spot.

Airport-bound vehicles, coming from either Ultadanga or EM Bypass, on the Ultadanga flyover would take the proposed flyover from Dakhindari to Dum Dum Park and then take the next flyover connecting Kestopur to Baguiati.

The only issue which lies before the proposed flyover alignment, is that there are two concrete footbridges — one near Golaghata and another at Lake Town. In its feasibility report, PWD would have to decide whether these footbridges would be dismantled to make way for the flyover.

The proposed flyover, once set up, would be the second flyover on VIP Road after the existing 2.2km, four-lane flyover from Kestopur to Baguiati which was inaugurated in May, 2015.