Kolkata: Sealdah flyover to be closed for metro tunneling

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Kolkata, Jan 21 (PTI) A part of the arterial Sealdah flyover in Kolkata will be closed to traffic from the night of January 15 to January 19 morning for the construction of the west-bound tunnel of the East-West Metro corridor, an official said here on Tuesday.

The Kolkata Metro Rail Corporation (KMRC) Ltd, which is executing the East-West Metro project, said that vehicular traffic will be regulated along roads leading to Sealdah during the period of closure of the flyover from 11 pm on January 15 to 6 am on January 19.

Movements of buses and trams will be regulated or they will be diverted through various connecting roads around the area, it said.

The tunneling work for the East-West Metro project, which is being done on a war footing, has suffered delays owing to an accident when a tunnel boring machine hit an aquifer at Bowbazar in central Kolkata in August 2019.

The first phase of the East-West Metro corridor from Salt Lake Sector V to Salt Lake Stadium was inaugurated in February last year and was extended up to Phoolbagan in October.

Railway Minister Piyush Goyal had said that the entire 16.55 km stretch of the East-West Metro corridor between Sector V and Howrah Maidan is likely to be completed by December this year. PTI AMR SOM SOM