Berhampore: The second phase of the renovation work of the Farakka bridge has been started. For this reason, all heavy vehicles will be banned from December 3 this year.
Renovation works at the National highway number 34 on the Farakka barrage are underway. The Farakka Barrage is the only communication between North and South Bengal. The first phase work is almost over. The second phase work will start from December 3.
An admistrative meeting was held on Sunday on this issue at Farakka’s Ganga Bhawan. It saw the presence of West Bengal ADG Traffic Vivek Sahay, IG North Bengal Debashis Baral, SP of Murshidabad and Malda, GM of Farakka barrage project Saibal Ghosh. It was attended by Farakka CISF Commandent Raghubir Narayan and NTPC CISF’s Shankar Kumar Jha, Farakka police station IC Uday Shankar Ghosh, Baishnabnagar police station OC Sanchay Biswas and several other administrative officials.
Farakka Barrage GM Shaibal Ghosh said that the second phase of work will start from December 3 and during this time, all heavy vehicles will be banned on the Farakka bridge. One out of the two lanes will be closed completely. The other one will be opened every hour to allow passenger buses, emergency services such as Ambulance and other small vehicles to pass.
All vehicles having more that 10 wheels have been banned. For the benefit of the common people, planning for talks with the railways department are underway to request for the increment of the compartments in the trains.