Maa Flyover

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Completed part of the Parama Island flyover near Science City. (dated November 2015)

The Maa Flyover (also Parama Island Flyover) is a 4.5 kilometres (2.8 mi) long flyover in Kolkata.[1] It is built along Park Circus Connector and connects E.M. Bypass with Park Circus 7-point crossing then to Vidyasagar Setu to Howrah via the existing AJC Bose Road Flyover. After both ramps of the flyover connecting it with AJC Bose Road Flyover were completed in early 2019, the flyover forms a seamless, no-signal traffic corridor from EM Bypass to Alipore. The total length of the flyover, including the ramps, is 9.2 km. The flyover started its construction in February 2010. The project had an original deadline of August 2012, and the deadline was extended multiple times.[2] After a huge cost-overrun and delays, the main flyover was opened on 9 October 2015 at a cost of 460-crores.[3][4][5] The 450-meter east bound flank of the flyover, which directly connects AJC Bose Road Flyover with the flyover from Exide Side to EM Bypass, was opened in August 2016[6] while the west bound flank of the flyover connecting it to AJC Bose Road Flyover was opened in February 2019.[7] Barring a stretch of 684.31-meters constructed by Larsen & Tubro, the flyover was constructed by Hindustan Construction Company.[6]

Route timings and restrictions[edit]

The flyover which was opened without completion of the flanks connecting AJC Bose Road flyover, resulted in massive traffic jams after initial inauguration. With the pressure mounting Kolkata Police was forced to temporarily shut down the flyover for few hours.[8] After initial discussion, Kolkata Police devised a solution allowing only one-way traffic (during certain time of the day) as an interim solution until the connecting flanks were completed.[9][10]

Timings from 27 October 2015 to August 2016.[11]

  • Whole Day - Both ways Open.
  • From 10 pm to 6 am - Two Wheeler Not Allowed

The flyover is also closed for heavy vehicles including buses and trucks, auto-rickshaws and pedestrian traffic.[12]

From 9 February 2019, after the inauguration of the flank from Maa Flyover to AJC Bose Road, traffic moves both ways with other restrictions still in law.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roy, Subhajoy (13 October 2015). "Ma for Manush to fly over Mati". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  2. ^ Roy, Subhajoy (7 March 2014). "Flyover in limbo as jilted firm drags govt to court". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  3. ^ "High fives for longest flyover". 10 October 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  4. ^ "Kolkata to get state's longest flyover linking Howrah with EM Bypass". 7 October 2015. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  5. ^ "West Bengal eyes Mahalaya for Parama flyover opening". Times of India. TNN. 14 July 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2015.
  6. ^ a b Basu, Kinksuk (28 September 2015). "Firm seeks two roads for flyover work". The Telegraph. Retrieved 1 October 2015.
  7. ^ Mehta, Pooja (10 October 2015). "Parama Island flyover in Kolakata shuts down temporarily". DNA. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  8. ^ Basu, Kinksuk (15 October 2015). "Snarl shields scrapped". The Telegraph. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  9. ^ "One-way rule to ease flyover jam". Times of India. 14 October 2015. Retrieved 22 October 2015.
  10. ^ "Parama traffic plan tweaked". The Telegraph. 28 October 2015. Retrieved 29 October 2015.
  11. ^ Chakraborty, Ajanta (7 October 2015). "Bypass flyover off limits to bus, truck". The Times of India. Retrieved 22 October 2015.