Kolkata: To make journeys smoother, the State Government has planned to build a network of pontoon jetties (i.e., floating jetties) spread across the riverine belt of South 24 Parganas district, which is part of the Sundarbans delta.
The jetties would be all-season all-day structures. Be it summer, winter or rainy season, or high tide or low tide, the jetties would be operational at all times, bringing to an end a major headache for locals for whom crossing rivers is a part of daily activities.
In the first stage, 12 jetties would be constructed at a cost of Rs 4 crore. The PWD and Transport Departments are jointly doing the work, a survey for which has already started. A few of the pontoon jetties would be of an international standard.
The jetties would come up at Ramganga and G Plot in Patharpratima block, Frasergunj in Bakkhali, Pakhiralay and Rangabelia in Gosaba, Dayapur in Satjelia, Jharkhali in Basanti, Kaikhali in Kultali, Kochuberia and Benuban in Sagar, Namkhana and Kakdwip.