Before the inauguration of Majherhat Bridge, a team of Kolkata Police issued new traffic guidelines for the convenience of travellers. The guidelines were issued by the Kolkata Traffic Police on Thursday (December 3). The bridge will be inaugurated by Mamata Banerjee at 5 pm on Thursday.

While the bridge will be fully functional, among the four at-grade service roads that run beside the bridge — two on both ends — three will be operational.

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A senior officer of Kolkata Police said, “As of now, the plan is to return back to old traffic system that was in place before the bridge had caved in two years ago. Both-way movement for all vehicles will be allowed on bridge. Nearby roads like Sahapur Road and Nalin Sarkar Road in New Alipore, which were made one-way will carry two-way traffic again.”

“The two at-grade service roads on Behala end will be thrown open. On Mominpore end, the road leading to Santosh Roy Road will carry traffic but the other road that runs between Mominpore and the Garden Reach flyover will remain closed because of Metro pillar construction. Vehicles coming down Garden Reach flyover will use a new road beside Katapukur morgue and Lohar Math area to exit through Remount Road,” added the official.

Although the state has hinted at possible closure of Bali bridge the moment the Majerhat bridge is operational, traffic department said they were yet to get an official order for the same.

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The police are also in favour of allowing trucks on the bridge from the first day itself unlike some other flyovers in the city to ease movement towards the southern tip of the city and a vast section of South 24 Parganas. The larger traffic plan will also keep in mind the dispersal from Taratala Bridge.

Residents of Behala, who had been facing trying times because of the bridge closure, said they were finally looking forward to good times.