Eastern Metropolitan Bypass, a.k.a EM Bypass, a.k.a Bypass runs from Ultadanga till Garia. There are plans to extend it further, maybe till Baruipur, and who knows, even beyond.
A stretch of Bypass is also called JBS Haldane Avenue. Don’t ask which portion, for I’m not sure myself. Take for example the recently opened BMW showroom, OSL Prestige at Silver Arcade, which is the market complex of Silver Spring.
The showroom address mentions JBS Haldane Avenue, but perhaps the stretch from this point till Ruby Hospital may also be called Car Avenue.
As many as 4 major car showrooms have sprung up here with the promise of another 2 in not-so-distant future.
In Silver Arcade itself, giving company to BMW is the Spring Hyundai. Around there a cluster of new hotels are coming up.
Down south, a little before Ruby Hospital is Pinnacle Honda, and then comes Dulijan Motors’ Chevrolet showroom in close succession.
A notch ahead to the south, after the Calcutta International School, will see Toyota’s cars on display. The construction is going on.
Take a left turn to Anandapur. Not far ahead is the showroom of Ford Motors.
The one advantage – thus far – with these showrooms is that they can offer test drives a bit more comfortably than what one gets in the cramped city. Some of these have the ‘luxury’ of service lane that is quite useful especially for car vendors.
There is no doubt business will blossom at any point on the Bypass in due course. The first movers will enjoy the benefits of vantage places even though the mood is yet to firmly pick up.
No wonder some say the EM Bypass is poised to become tomorrow’s Chowringhee.
Here are some images taken at OSL Prestige, the BMW showroom last week.