City traffic system to change as E-W Metro tunnel work begins

4 Jul 2017

The city will witness several changes in the traffic system in the heart of the city as construction of underground tunnels for East West Metro railway begins this week in the bustling business zone.

One of the most important of these changes is closure of the Brabourne Road flyover, which carries huge traffic round the clock from Howrah through Howrah bridge to the metropolis, for three days. The critical construction of the underground corridor from the banks of River Hooghly towards Dalhousie in the heart of the city through the highly congested Burrabazar area using tunnel boring machine (TBM) would begin from the midnight of July seven. "The TBM will start working from the river bank into the city on July six," general manager (administration) of Kolkata Metro Railway Corporation Ltd (KMRCL) A K Nandy told news agency PTI here.

"Traffic on the flyover and underneath at Brabourne Road will be closed from July eight to July ten," Nandy said. "We have held talks with the city mayor and Kolkata Police for arrangements in this regard," he said. Traffic that pass through the flyover will be diverted to other roads like Strand Road and Mahatma Gandhi Road as also the second Hooghly bridge, which is located a few kilometres away from Howrah bridge. Burrabazar, through which Brabourne Road passes, is known as the trading hub of eastern India and is always choc-a-bloc with vehicles and pedestrians on working days. Two major roadblocks in the construction of the tunnel in Burrabazar area and Mahakaran station at Dalhousie were recently removed after KMRCL got the go-ahead from Archeological Survey of India (ASI) and Calcutta High Court.

The ASI permitted KMRCL to lay the underground metro line and build Mahakaran station at Dalhousie area, near Currency Building and two synagogues, which are heritage structures. Laying down the conditions for such construction, the National Monuments Authority said "all construction above the ground, including Mahakaran Metro station, shall be beyond the 100-metre prohibited area of Centrally Protected Monuments."