For Massive Traffic Jam on Kolkata's Maa Flyover, Morning Rush And Accidents To Blame ?

According to commuters, there was a half-kilometre-long jam with vehicles barely moving and it took over 25 minutes to cross Maa Flyover on Thursday.
For Massive Traffic Jam on Kolkatas Maa Flyover Morning Rush And Accidents To Blame
Kolkata: A sudden surge of vehicles on the Maa Flyover, coupled with the inability to redirect motorists to alternate routes and multiple vehicle breakdowns, resulted in massive traffic jams on the elevated corridor Thursday (May 16) morning, particularly between 7:30 AM and 9:30 AM. An accident at Mathpukur around 9:50 AM, where a bus passenger sustained severe injuries, also added to the situation.
Motorists experienced significant delays, with vehicles virtually at a standstill for two as the morning school rush coincided with office-going traffic. According to commuters, there was a half-kilometre-long jam with vehicles barely moving and it took over 25 minutes to cross Maa Flyover on Thursday.
According to cops, the traffic was especially slow on the Science City side in the early morning hours, with congestion shifting to the Park Circus side later in the morning.

Measures to Curb Congestion Being Planned

Authorities have sought the expertise of traffic analysts for a comprehensive study. If the traffic volume is beyond manageable levels, the police may enforce the use of the road below for a period.
After receiving numerous complaints from motorists about being barred from using Maa Flyover, the traffic police left the decision to the drivers. Despite two attempts to divert vehicles on Thursday, traffic flow remained unchanged, an officer said.
Some Causes of Traffic Jam
Despite the efforts of all three traffic guards—East, Tiljala, and Beliaghata—no single incident could be identified as the primary cause of the jams. The flyover experiences a significant bottleneck where four lanes of traffic—two from the Garia ramp and two from the Salt Lake ramp—merge into two lanes above Boat Club.
The number of vehicles has also increased by 20 per cent compared to pre-Covid times. Recurrent vehicle breakdowns on the Maa and AJC Bose Road flyovers also contribute to the congestion, although police have managed to reduce response time to seven minutes.
Authorities are continuing to monitor the situation and consider solutions to alleviate the persistent traffic woes on the Maa Flyover.
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