Wall at ‘Gate 2.5’ razed to allow road expansion

KOLKATA: The 18m boundary wall at airport’s gate 2.5 was razed in the wee hours of Sunday to facilitate a road expansion effort to decongest traffic along the thoroughfares which regularly delays passengers on their way to catch flights. TOI had reported on August 21 that the state public works department was granted a no objection certificate by the airport authorities and a memorandum of agreement was signed between the state and the airport to facilitate the road expansion programme.
The initiative required breaking a portion of the perimeter wall, increasing the mouth of gate 2.5 and expanding the existing stretch between and VIP Road that moves through the airport premises.

“We demolished the wall with the help of two earthmovers shortly after midnight on Sunday, after the vehicular pressure had eased. The job was and we have already started work on the expansion. If it doesn’t rain much any more, the job will be completed much before the Pujas,” said a senior state PWD official.

At present, gate 2.5 is wide enough to allow only one-way traffic in two lanes at a time. As a result, when Birati-bound vahicles leave through the gate, the Nagerbazar-bound traffic gets blocked, and vice versa.

Once the of the gate is enlarged and a portion of fresh road comes up, cops said the stretch will become a two-way traffic corridor, where vehicles on Jessore Road can take a left turn towards Kolkata Airport Road when traffic from the airport road moves towards or .

The officer added that work has also started on expanding Jessore Road by breaking portions of the pavement and shifting it nearer to the roadside shops and buildings on the Birati- and Nagerbazar-bound flanks.
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