Global tender for new bridge at Majerhat soon

first_imgKolkata: A global tender will be floated to construct the new Majerhat Bridge. Sources said that if everything goes as planned then the tender will be floated next week.The bridge, which used to connect Kolkata with its southern fringes including Behala, had caved in on September 4. The incident had claimed three lives.A high power committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay De was set up to probe the incident. The committee had advised demolition of the entire bridge and to construct a new one at the same place. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had said: “He (Chief Secretary) has suggested bringing down the entire structure and construction of a new one in its place. The decision has been taken up in this connection within just seven days of the incident. The Chief Secretary will be monitoring the entire work.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe work to demolish the bridge had started within a couple of days after the decision was taken and is going on in full swing. At the same time, the decision to float a global tender has also been taken. The state government has taken the decision so that construction of the bridge can be completed within a year.Majerhat Bridge was a very crucial thoroughfare as it connected Kolkata with its southern fringes. It is also the shortest route for vehicles from Kolkata that need to reach South 24-Parganas. Caving in of the bridge had led to massive traffic congestion and during the initial few days after the incident, people were highly inconvenienced due to the same. With a series of steps taken by the state government and Kolkata Police, traffic movement in the area has been somehow made possible by diverting vehicles through some other roads. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBut to bring further improvement in the movement of traffic in the absence of Majerhat Bridge, decisions were taken to construct three alternate roads, including one at Alipore Avenue, where the work of setting up a level crossing is already complete.With all steps being taken to complete the remaining work for construction of the alternate road as early as possible, senior officials of the state government expect that it will be possible to open the road by October 12 or 13. It will help in better traffic management as vehicles will no longer have to take long routes to reach the southern fringes of the city and South 24-Parganas.last_img