Kolkata Port Trust mulls dedicated freight corridor

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Port Trust (KoPT) is planning to come up with a dedicated freight corridor to segregate the movement of goods vehicles from Garden Reach dockyard. As per plans, the KoPT will be coming up with a flyover that will link Garden Reach with Vidyasagar Setu, popularly known as Second Hooghly Bridge.A meeting in this regard was held at the Kolkata Police headquarters in Lalbazar on Tuesday, which was attended by the top brass of the city police and senior officials of KoPT, including its deputy chairman S Balaji Arun Kumar. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Our studies on accidents caused by different types of vehicles in the city have revealed that though goods vehicles account for only 8 percent of the traffic on city roads, they account for 27 percent of the accidents. So we have been proposing KoPT to have some sort of infrastructure to segregate the movement of goods vehicles. They are coming up with a flyover which will act as a freight corridor,” said deputy commissioner of police (Traffic), Kolkata Police, Sumit Kumar, at a Safety Symposium and Exposition organised by CII. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChairman of KoPT Vinit Kumar said: “We are planning to have a freight corridor from Garden Reach and we will like to utilise the service and expertise of National Highway Authority of India (NHAI).”Kumar further said at the symposium that Kolkata Police, in collaboration with the state Transport department, are considering issuing a mandate that all buses should have a special type of front mirror installed to enable drivers to have clearer views, especially on the left. Bigger vehicles have a blind spot to the left of the driver. They can not see always if a passenger is boarding the vehicle or getting off from it.”This specially built front mirror will help reduce accidents,” Kumar said, adding that a number of Volvo buses have already installed such mirrors.”We will first have these mirrors installed in government buses, before we push owners of private buses for this,” he said.Kumar also disclosed that Kolkata Police has booked 46 habitual offenders in the past one month. He also said installation of speed cameras and modern equipment has helped significantly reduce accidents.According to Kumar, the initiatives of road safety taken by Kolkata Police have brought down the number of fatal accidents in the city. In 2016, the number of fatal cases in the city was 239. In 2017, it came down to 200, while this year it has decreased to 173 (all figures till July 31).last_img

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