The Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL) on Tuesday gave the go-ahead to the flyover that the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) recently proposed to build from the Chingrighata crossing on E M Bypass to New Town, parallel to the Metro alignment on Salt Lake Bypass.
“RVNL has granted no-objection and conditional certificate to KMDA to construct a flyover that will move parallel to the Metro line on Salt Lake Bypass. It will start from Chingrighata and end at New Town and will cross over Nicco Park and Sector V. A detailed alignment drawing of the proposed flyover will be prepared and an environment impact assessment test will be conducted,” said a KMDA official.
In 2013, a flyover was conceptualised to connect Bypass with New Town, crossing over a portion of the East Kolkata Wetlands, with an aim to decongest the busy Chingrighata crossing and Salt Lake Bypass. The government revived the project but environmentalists raised objections, saying the construction would lead to irreversible damage to the wetlands.
The Calcutta High Court issued an injunction on the project, saying the clearance would have to come from the Centre. Following the injunction, a Centre-appointed committee visited the site earlier last year and suggested that the authorities should alter the alignment. Accordingly, KMDA engineers a couple of months ago revised their plan and came up with the Salt Lake Bypass alignment.
KMDA officials can start constructions only after completing several steps, such as getting the plan approved, preparing a detailed project report, obtaining environment clearance and receiving administrative as well as financial sanctions from the state cabinet. The authorities said that before the work on the ground began, they would have to think about what to do with the existing 400m-long one-way flyover at the Chingrighata crossing. A structural health study has revealed that flyover has turned weak but long-term repairs were not an option. Officials said they would keep strengthening the structure and allow light vehicles only till the new flyover was ready and this could be dismantled.