Kolkata: This could be the biggest decongestion initiative in Kolkata with the potential to free the roads of nearly 600 trucks with containers. From 2 February, Tirupati Vancom Pvt Ltd will begin operating the roll-on-roll-off (Ro-Ro) services with large vessels that can carry 500 trucks a day between the two banks of Hooghly.
For starters, container trucks will be shipped between Garden Reach on the east bank and Botanic Garden on the west. Thereafter, more crossover points will be added between Budge Budge and Uluberia and finally Diamond Harbour and Haldia.
If everything moves according to plan, container trucks that trudge through Garden Reach Circular Road, Kidderpore Road, Hastings and Second Hooghly Bridge, causing traffic snarls and emission pollution, could cross the river on a boat and then head to the destination from the opposite bank in Howrah. With more cross-over points lined up in future, it could solve the post-9pm mess on AJC Bose Road, BT Road and Nivedita Setu.