Ironically, when the prospect of job and a decent future thereof was a far cry in the state a few years back, there was no shedding of tears for acquisition of land from farmers for developmental projects. The political parties virtually took no notice of government acquiring vast tracts of land for EM Bypass and New Town.
We’re singularly fortunate for opposition parties’ discretion then, for today life seems impossible without EM Bypass. And if New Town had not been planned, hundreds of companies spanning a wide cross-section of industry couldn’t be lured with ready availability of land to set up facilities in the city that now provide jobs to thousands of aspirants.
Coming to Bypass, it is clear how badly the thoroughfare was needed for the city. Yesteryears’ trickle of vehicular movement on it has now given way to a torrent of road traffic, so much so that at times especially during peak hours, it becomes a nightmare to travel there.
Billed as tomorrow’s Chowringhee, EM Bypass has all the elements of turning into ‘the destination’ in the city in not-so-distant future.
To ease traffic at Parama Island and Ruby Hospital, the 2 critical entry/exit points to the city’s south, authorities have decided to altogether remove the traffic islands. They will start the work after monsoon.
Here is a picture opposite Silver Spring and a video, both taken by my son Arka.