Kolkata: Rough ride through haze of dust on VIP Road as patchwork wears off – Times of India

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KOLKATA: Large stretches of VIP Road — especially the airport-bound flank — are riddled with large potholes and covered in a haze of dust since the shoddy patchwork repairs undertaken before Durga Puja have started to wear off.
Motorists complain that uneven roads, coupled with the dust rising from the surface whenever a truck or bus passes over a brick-laid patched up stretch, make commuting painful and accident prone. Additionally, Metro work has reached Kaikhali and has blocked a portion of the thoroughfare.

Dust covers a part of VIP Road in the wake of large vehicles
“First it was the rain and then the Pujas. I wonder what excuse the authorities have for the sorry condition of the road now. Parts of VIP Road look worse than a village road, especially when I am forced to ride behind a truck or a bus through a haze of dust,” said Utpal Malakar, a resident of Maniktala who commutes on a bike.
On Friday, TOI drove through the thoroughfare and found multiple stretches, including in Dum Dum Park, Bangur Avenue, Haldirams and Kaikhali, in a poor condition.
At Dum Dum Park, multiple small and large potholes dot the road and bikers have to swerve to dodge them. Larger vehicles bump along the uneven surface.
“Just a month ago, I had to repair my car after water seeped in when this entire stretch was waterlogged. Now that there is no rain and waterlogging, the poor condition of the road will ensure I need to send my car to the service centre again,” said Rahul Agarwal, a businessman who drives regularly between Lake Town and Madhyamgram.
Craters have also formed on a stretch near the Haldirams-Chinar Park intersection. Officers of Bidhannagar traffic police said they had stressed on placing bricks on the main thoroughfare during monsoon as the worn out roads had made traffic movement a nightmare. “The move had worked then, but now that the rain has finally ceased, its high time the authorities carry out proper repair of the stretch to ensure a smooth travel experience for motorists,” said a senior officer of Bidhannagar traffic police.
A senior PWD official said a tender has been drawn for the thorough repair of VIP Road with mechanised mastic and work is set to start soon. “VIP Road will undergo a thorough reconstruction very soon with mechanised mastic. We are waiting for the equipment to arrive from Germany,” the official said.

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