A pothole-riddled APC Roy Road
KOLKATA: The KMC roads department is finding it difficult to conduct a major road repair drive across the city due to consistent rain. It had set an October 3 deadline to complete the repair drive.
The civic body’s roads wing has identified 450 stretches of the city’s major roads and lanes which need to be repaired in three weeks. According to a KMC roads department official the civic body needs a dry spell to start the repair process.
“We have started the drive in smaller roads and lanes. But we need at least a 72-hour dry spell to wrap up repair of large stretches of a major thoroughfare. We are in contact with Alipore Met office and will take up a simultaneous road repair drive across north and south Kolkata according to their advice,” said a senior KMC official associated with the drive.
As part of a preparedness plan, the KMC has formed a borough-wise team to oversee the major road repair drive. While the KMC roads and civil engineering department engineers in the boroughs I, II and III will be entrusted to oversee the repair of roads in large areas, including Cossipore, Belgachia, Ultadanga, Arabindo Sarani, Hatibagan, APC Roy Road, RG Kar Road, Bagbazar, the civic officials from boroughs IV, V and VI will be responsible for overseeing the repair drive in Chittaranjan Avenue, MG Road, Burrabazar, Bidhan Sarani, SN Banerjee Road, College Street, BB Ganguli Street among others.
Engineers from boroughs VII, VIII, IX and X will be assigned to look after repair drive in large areas of south Kolkata that include Bhowanipore, Alipore, Harish Mukherjee Road, Rashbehari Avenue, New Alipore, Deshapran Sashmal Road, Anwar Shah Road, Gariahat Road, NSC Bose Road and Raja Subodh Mullick Road.
Civic officials from added areas like Garden Reach, Metiabruz, Kidderpore, Behala, Garia, Jadavpur and large areas located off Eastern Metropolitan Bypass will be monitoring the repair drive that may begin later this week.