Canning: The Mamata Banerjee-led Bengal Government is undertaking yet another initiative to connect Sagar Island with the mainland. A 3-km long bridge over Muriganga river will be constructed soon. The DPR (detailed project report) is currently being prepared, and construction work will begin later this year.
The bridge will be built by the National Highway Infrastructure Development Corporation. The Public Works Department of the State will extend all help and cooperation.
Two approach roads (2-km long each) will be constructed on either side of the bridge. The entire length of the bridge – from Lot Number 8 till Kochuberia – will be around 5 km. The total cost of the project will be Rs 3,000 crore.
Normally, during high tide, it takes 5-6 hours to reach Sagar Island from Babu Ghat near Dharmatala. The journey takes much longer during low tide, as ferries or barges cannot navigate during that time. The bridge will bring down journey time to 3 hours.