The police are weary of a repeat of the traffic chaos that was caused when the bridge was partially closed for three days on February 19, especially with VVIP movements lined up in the run-up to the Assembly elections. But despite the poll season constraints, Kolkata Police has made allowances to facilitate the Metro construction, granting traffic block on Doljatra and Holi nights (Sunday and Monday) along the western flank of the 30-year-old Ambedkar bridge, which is crucial to vehicular movement of EM Bypass near P C Chandra. Rail Vikas Nigam Limited (RVNL), implementing agency of the 32km New Garia-Airport Metro corridor of which the Ritwik Ghatak Metro station is part, will have to work all night to assemble FOBs.
The FOBs on the other side of the station were built while KMDA, keepers of EM Bypass and responsible for the upkeep of city’s bridges, load-tested Ambedkar bridge for three days in February. There was unending traffic snarls during that time. “Since our work will be done during the night, that too, when there’s less traffic because of Doljatra and Holi, we were given the traffic block by the traffic department after much persuasion,” a senior RVNL engineer said.