Over the final couple of days, street building labourers of Kolkata Municipal Corporation and the general public works division are working extra time — particularly after midnight — to repair some of the lesser-known roads which have to date solely been utilized by vans to make them match for quicker vehicular motion in absence of Majerhat bridge.
A workforce of round 150 labourers from Barrackpore in north, Entally in central and Baruipur in south — unfold throughout three teams —has been engaged on Old Goragachha Road, Hobcon Road, Taratala Road and Transport Depot Road to repair the craters, uneven terrains and lay a contemporary coat of bitumen for clean commute that the residents of Behala are striving for because the collapse of the bridge.
“We have been given strict instructions to take our breaks in turns, to not to leave the site ever, to work all night during lesser traffic and wrap up the repair by this Sunday,” stated Sambhu Kahar, a labourer main a workforce of staff from Barrackpore, now working at Transport Depot Road. Kahar, who has 15 years of street building expertise, stated he couldn’t keep in mind the final time he had labored on such stiff schedules.
“It’s a challenge for us too. But even our superiors, who are staying by our side, have asked us to focus only on these ravaged mud tracks and turn them motorable as early as possible,” stated Ashima Bibi, a resident of Kakinara who has been deployed on the Goragachha Road-Transport Depot street intersection.
As per the tweaked plan, throughout daytime, the labourers are breaking bricks and filling up the craters — as massive as a child pool at locations with the brickfills and are letting visitors plying on them to stage the stretch. At evening, the cops are blocking visitors on elements of the roads, permitting the employees to assemble a contemporary street by pouring bitumen combination on the brick-filled roads and run street rollers over the identical.
“We have only worked on such deadlines for a day or two before the start of the Pujas. We are sleeping inside makeshift tents or hutments near the site and have been asked to go home only after the work is over,” stated Tahir Iqbal, whereas overseeing a street levelling and growth work on Taratala Road.
Since the autumn of the bridge on September 4, the 10.5 lakh odd residents of Behala have been the worst hit. They have been compelled to use different roads like Hyde Road, which is usually utilized by vans and is full of craters, or the Durgapur Bridge-Chetla connector that’s additionally experiencing snarls as a result of of the rise in vehicular stress.
As a consequence, the state was compelled to search for new roads. During discussions, the choice of Remount Road-Old Goragachha Road-Hobcon Road-Transport Depot Road-Goragachha Road was explored because the quickest street for north-south motion. However, since a serious portion of the street was nothing greater than a cesspool and dirt observe, the authorities went for full-scale in a single day repairs to get the street up and operating.
“We have been using the latest machines like paver finishers that can put the bitumen mixture on the road and level the mixture at the same time over a large area without the need of extra labourers. Considering the condition in which we had received the road, which looked like a pond, we have been able to finish the work in record time, working throughout the day and night over the past few days,” stated a senior KMC engineer because the authorities opened the Old Goragachha Road to visitors on Friday.