Sunday, March 2, 2014

User Friendly Footpaths

The UD Department, Govt of West Bengal, in their approval no. 610-UD dated 26.2.2014 accorded approval to a project of upgradation and Mastic Asphalting in the following road of Salt Lake:
Tank 12 - RBI Housing (via KB-KC Broadway) - Tank 13 - Labony - EM by pass.
The approved cost is Rs.8.95 crores.
The work will be executed by Special Engineer & CEA, UD Department. This was decided in a meeting with Bidhannagar Municipality some time ago.
Last week, I reviewed the matter with Mr Tejen Som, Special Engineer. I requested him to also look at the footpaths to make them user friendly to all sections of pedestrians, including the physically challenged ones who use wheel-chairs*. I also talked to Prof T.N. Chatterjee of IIT Kharagpur to help Mr Som. He is expected to have a consultation later this month.
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I reviewed the progress of Nazrul Tirtha in Action Area I of New Town last Thursday. The engineers of Hidco and Sapoorji Pallonji are doing as best as they can. Erecting the roof was now the major task remaining to be done in March. We also finalised the design of seats in the auditorium and the nature of acoustics. A group photo taken soon after the visit:
Nazrul Tirtha on 27th Feb 2014
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Here is a cutting from today's Anandabazar:


  1. Sir, some suggestions for new bust routes for the north-western suburbs.
    Chandannagar (or Sreerampore) to New-Town, Garia and Esplanade.
    Dankuni to Barrackpore, New-Town, Garia
    Blur Math to Barrackpore, New Town
    Bally to Behala via NH-2 connector and Salap crossing
    Domjur (or Salap crossing) to Barrackpore, New town (Both via Bally Bridge)

    These routes don't have good busses, I am sure if these roots are considered the people there will be immensely helped and the transport companies will also make good profits.

  2. Sir, recently got to know from a newspaper, that there are plans afoot to built Foot Over Bridges at Esplanade area.
    If this is true, I request you to consider creating Underpasses as has been done in New Town. The over head structures will look monstrous and mar the beauty of the heritage area just as Park Street Flyover has done.
    My sincere request to you is to see into this matter and if possible kindly look into options where existing Metro Rail Underpasses can also be integrated for the same. That way less number of new Underground structures will be required to be built.