Muncicipal corporation to begin road repairs next week

October 21, 2013


KOLKATA: After an aborted attempt to repair the city’s roads before the Pujas, the civic body is gearing up to take up the job next week.

Earlier, mayor Sovan Chatterjee had asked the Kolkata Muncicipal Corporation (KMC) roads department officials to undertake the repair drive by September 29. The deadline was set after consultation with urban development minister Firhad Hakim. Though the work had started on a war footing after both the mayor and the minister surveyed the worst stretches, the repairs could not be completed due to frequent rain before the Pujas.

 But now, the repair plan has been revived by the KMC roads department. According to plans, the KMC will start with two major connector roads to the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass.

“First, we will take up the Anwar Shah Road connector. Large stretches of this vital road are lying in a sorry state. We had tried to repair some of these before the Pujas. But those were merely patchworks. Now we will concentrate on thorough repairs. We have also decided to lay parts of the road with mastic asphalt,” said a KMC roads department official.

After completion of the Anwar Shah Road connector, the civic body will take up the Rashbehari Avenue connector, the official said. “We have to spend around Rs 5crore in the first phase of repair of these two major connectors,” the civic official said.

However, the drive won’t include Diamond Harbour Road, sources in the KMC roads department said on Saturday. “Diamond Harbour Road belongs to state PWD. They have a separate plan for its repair,” said Susanta Ghosh, the MMiC overseeing the KMC roads department.

A PWD official said only patchwork will be done on some stretches of DH Road. “At this point, we can’t undertake thorough repair of the road as the Metro extension work is on and the contractors need to dig the road further,” the PWD official said.

The KMC, however, has plans to repair other roads, too. “We plan to repair Seven Tanks Lane and Bowbazar Street. We had tried to do some patchwork on these roads before the festive season. We also plan to repair Amherst Street, JL Nehru Road, Deshapran Sashmal Road and Anwar Shah Road, among others,” said a KMC roads department official.

These apart, the civic body will also take up repair of roads along tram tracks like Rafi Ahmed Kidwai Road, Nirmal Chandra Street and Rabindra Sarani, among others.



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