In view of the increasing traffic congestions on the road connecting from Kalpana Square and Ravi Talkies, the state government is considering building a two-lane double-decker flyover to ease the traffic.
The state government has roped in the Hyderabad-based Highways Bridges and Structures (HBS) Infra Engineers India Private Limited to submit a plan following which the PWD will execute the project.
The HBS was asked to conduct a topography, traffic survey, congestion plan for different junctions over the stretch, do the engineering drawings and cost estimation exercise. While the engineering drawings and the three-dimensional models are ready, the cost estimation is yet to be carried out
The flyover will have a connecting link with the Rajmahal flyover so that the traffic from Rajpath, Janpath, Cuttack Road and Vivekananda Marg can use it.
How Congested is the Road from Kalpana Square to Ravi Talkies Square?
According to a survey conducted by the PWD, the total number of vehicles passing through the road in a single day is 1,28,891. If one converts it to passenger car units (PCUs), the number is 1,37,738 a day and during peak hours, the narrow road is causing traffic congestion that slows down traffic movement between 9.30am and 11.30am and 5pm and 8pm. PCU is a unit calculated as 1 for a private car, 0.5 for a bike, 0.2 for bicycle, 4 for horse-driven vehicle and 3.5 for bus, tractor or truck.
Cost of the Project
According to the PWD, the cost of this flyover project could be around Rs 150 crore as the plan would take into account the three major locations – Kalpana Square, BMC Square and Ravi Talkies Square – into account because the traffic generation and flow on Cuttack Road is influenced by these junctions. The time limit and cost factors would be found only after preparation of a detailed project report on the proposed flyover.
As per PWD officials, there would be several grade separators at several junctions so that people travelling in their vehicles could change paths or choose a continuous path on the flyover.
A person driving down from the Rasulgarh-end, for example, can choose either to go to Puri straight or take a path to go down near the BMC office to go to Old Town or the Mausi Maa temple area.
The department had already requested the development authority and the civic body to take steps for construction of the flyover.
Courtesy: The Telegraph