Protest junction fly plan

Commuters dreading to take the R-Block gate down the western arm of the Mithapur flyover can expect a smooth ride three years from now.

The road construction department is working on a plan that entails extension of the flyover's western arm to help commuters drive over the R-Block gate, which is closed to allow protesters to hold agitations at that point and prevent them from proceeding towards the Assembly.

A visibly happy Mithapur resident said: "You have an idea how much time we could save. Taking a U-turn from the R-Block gate and reaching one's destination was a tedious task. I was thinking when the district administration would change the protest site. Thank God, they have chosen a better option."

Road construction department minister Nand Kishore Yadav told The Telegraph: "Yes, the department has decided to extend the existing arm of Mithapur flyover leading towards R-Block with a four-lane arm in three years' time. It would be a boon for commuters who face problems whenever the R-Block gate is locked." Once the extension is complete, commuters would cross the R-Block roundabout using the extended arm, which would descend at a point on Hardinge Road, southwest of R-Block.

Asked to elaborate the plan, Yadav said: "Survey for the said extension is being conducted after which detailed project report would be prepared. People really face problems on that route."