Govt puts cork on plying of very heavy trucks on flyovers

first_imgKolkata: With 20 flyovers and bridges in and around the city identified as “weak”, the state government has imposed restrictions on plying of very heavy trucks that cause heavy damage to roads and bridges.This comes on the heels of the incident in which the middle portion of Majerhat Bridge caved in on Tuesday, claiming 3 lives and leaving 24 injured.After holding a high level meeting at Nabanna, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said: “There are around 20 flyovers and bridges whose life has expired. We are taking opinions of the experts in this connection. If needed, opinions of technical persons from outside will also be taken.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBesides taking the steps for maintenance of the “old” and “weak” flyovers to avert incidents like the collapse of Majerhat Bridge, the state government is also taking necessary steps to check plying of overloaded vehicles and there will also be restriction on plying of very heavy vehicles. However, there will be no restrictions on plying of the essential goods vehicles.The Chief Minister said: “Very heavy vehicles including the trucks with 20 wheels, cause damage to roads and bridges. Police have been directed not to allow them to ply. Heavy containers from the port can be transported using ro-ro service or through the route of the inland waterways.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCiting an example she said: “It will not be tolerated if a vehicle that is supposed to carry a load of 9 tonnes, transports goods weighing 15 tonnes.”The bridges that have been identified as “weak” include Santragachi Bridge, Ultadanga Bridge, Sealdah Flyover, Dhakuria Flyover, Chingrighata Flyover and Belgachia Flyover. While speaking about the repairing of Sealdah Flyover, the Chief Minister said: “Attempts were made for repairing the flyover. But it had not become possible as many vendors have set up their shops under the flyover. I would urge officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) and Kolkata Police to speak to the people who have set up their stalls, so that repair work can be carried out.” She further said that all public vehicles will be allowed on Santragachi Flyover, but there will be restriction on movement of heavy goods vehicles.She has also directed to remove the flower tubs from Vidyasagar Setu to reduce load on it. At the same time, she gave strict direction that repairing of roads on bridges has to be done by removing the existing layer of asphalt, so that the load on the bridge doesn’t go up.She further said that encroachment of the spaces under flyovers and bridges will not be allowed. “I would direct the police to take steps in this connection. If required, alternate place will be given to the people who reside under the flyovers, as much as possible,” Banerjee said, adding that explosives could also be stored by some people at such places. So, the police have been directed to take necessary steps. There are some places where the help of the Indian Army would also be taken and Chief Secretary Malay De will speak to the army in this connection.Meanwhile, in connection with Vidyasagar Flyover which had collapsed in 2016, opinion of experts has been sought to take the final decision on its fate.IIT Kharagpur and Jadavpur University experts had given their opinions in this regard, but no concrete decision has been taken in the past 2 years, because as per the reports, the buildings in the area would get affected if the remaining portion of the flyover is brought down. There has also been no suggestion for the scenario where it is rebuilt.last_img

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