A three-way pedestrian underpass will come up to ease the traffic congestion at Chingrighata crossing of the New Garia-Airport Metro corridor. Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), the implementing agency, has agreed to build the underpass. It is hiring a consultant to fix the alignment of the underpass, following which the design will be drawn up.
Around Rs 15 crore may be required for the project and the cost will be shared by RVNL and KMDA, the keepers of EM Bypass. KMDA is currently constructing a foot overbridge (FOB) at this crossing. In a meeting with RVNL and various agencies, KMDA recently granted the NOC for construction of a viaduct between piers 318 and 319 on conditions that the former would build the three-way underpass.
IIT-Kharagpur has recommended the construction of the underpass at Chingrighata, where many roads meet from the Sector V-end, Beliaghata and Chaulpatty. It is one of the most critical intersections on the 29km EM Bypass.
A senior RVNL engineer said, “We shall build the underpass only after the two piers have been built so that less cordoning is needed. The alignment’s approval is crucial because the funds for the underpass will be carved out of the main project cost.” Meanwhile, work is in full swing for the FOB aimed at bringing down the fatality rate of one of the city’s accident hotspots. The FOB, consisting of staircase and escalator facilities, will connect Chaulpatty Road and Jal Vayu Vihar over EM Bypass till the arterial road next to the eastern drainage canal at the Chingrighata crossing.
IIT-Kharagpur has insisted that the underpass be built at the Chingrighata crossing. The road along Jal Vayu Vihar near the crossing has already been widened. A KMDA engineer said, “RVNL will start the construction of the two piers and the viaduct along them soon. So, it was decided that the underpass should also built by the same agency. It will be easier if RVNL does everything related to the underpass.