Save Trees On Jessore Road

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In order to decongest NH-35 and Jessore road, which stretches from Kolkata airport to Petrapole border via Barasat, the state government has chalked out a number of plans.
This includes building a flyover at Barasat Dakbanglo crossing, an underpass at Madhyamgram Chowmatha and widening of a 7km stretch between the airport and Dakbanglo More to ease traffic flow, say officials. One end of the flyover has been planned to link Jessore Road.

In order to decongest NH-35 and Jessore road, which stretches from Kolkata airport to Petrapole border via Barasat, the state government has chalked out a number of plans.
This includes building a flyover at Barasat Dakbanglo crossing, an underpass at Madhyamgram Chowmatha and widening of a 7km stretch between the airport and Dakbanglo More to ease traffic flow, say officials. One end of the flyover has been planned to link Jessore Road.

The next bottleneck is at Madhyamgram Chowmatha, More where major congestion occurs due to pedestrian as well as vehicular traffic.

Sources in the secretariat said that senior PWD officials recently held a meeting with officials of the ministry of road, transport and highways in New Delhi where these proposals were discussed. The ministry has agreed to sanction funds for parts of the project, sources said.
According to sources, the matter was discussed at Nabanna with chief minister Mamata Banerjee and PWD officials. Prodded by Mamata, the PWD has started work on widening NH-35 that connects Dakbanglo More and Petrapole .

Officials said that with the Kolkata to Agartala via Dhaka bus route now operational, vehicular traffic has already increased in the region. and there will be more vehicular traffic on the region and trade will increase with more movement of heavy vehicles. According to estimates, more than 400 trucks move on this stretch both ways per day. While the passenger traffic on the stretch now is about 1,500 per day, traffic movement on this highway stretch has been projected to increase to about 3,000 trucks and 4,000 people per day by 2030. The PWD's NH wing looks after the stretch.
The increased traffic volume is already resulting in traffic congestion on the Kolkatabound Jessore Road stretch near the rail gate at Barasat and Madhyamgram Chowmatha More. The next traffic bottleneck is at Madhyamgram Chowmatha More where major congestion occurs for both pedestrian and vehicular traffic.An underpass has been planned near the station area to bypass pedestrians and allow vehicles to move smoothly. A four laning work is also going on from airport to Dakbanglo More and service lanes have also been planned on sides of the entire stretch where it would be possible.

The authorities were also discussing on the issue as to how much trees have to be felled for the widening work. According to estimates, about 4,000 trees would have to be chopped off.

4000 isn't a small number. With the raging global warming and adverse environmental changes, even cutting of one tree counts. Chopping off 4000 trees will result in severe habitat loss of the organisms dwelling in the trees and in support of the trees. The effects of deforestation isn't unknown to anyone. Thus, let us come together, protest against the mass buthchering of trees. After all, it's the prime time to implement the teachings that we got in the environment science classes.



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