By: Mayukh Sengupta
KOLKATA: car drivers from Karunamoyee and Baisakhi in Salt Lake, which would ferry commuters to Sector V, blamed the EW Sealdah extension for a significant drop in their passenger numbers and, therefore, revenue. At the same time, subway riders struggled to find last-mile transportation to their workplaces in Salt Lake and New city IT hubs. Auto union leaders met with police and NDITA officials, hoping to find a solution to the problem.
As a result of the talks, they came up with a few immediate solutions, such as launching a new automatic route from the Sector V subway station to the Sector V IT hub and starting food services from Karunamoyee stations. and from Sector V to New Town. The police asked the auto union leaders to ask the RTA for the new routes, which they would also approve. Space has also been allocated for a new car stand on the canalside road in Block DL.
Currently, autos from Karunamoyee and Baisakhi have routes to Sector V and there is a third route from Karunamoyee to New Town Bus Station, but its services are infrequent. “I have been driving a car between Karunamoyee and Sector V for 14 years. At 1pm on weekdays, we earn Rs 600-Rs 700. But on Thursdays, I could only earn Rs 250 until 1:30 p.m. I wonder what will happen in the coming weeks,” Jagadish said. Global, which charges Rs 15 per person one way. Mondal, said if given the chance, he would switch to the new automatic route carrying passengers from the Sector V metro station to the interiors of the Sector V technology hub.
Chandan Das, a car road driver from the Karunamoyee-SAI complex, echoed Mondal, “Almost all the cars on the road had to wait several minutes to get enough passengers. We had never faced this situation. during office hours before. Union leaders should take steps to handle this situation or we will not be able to manage our family.”
The impact was also felt 6km away in Ultadanga, where thousands of daily commuters alighted at Bidhannagar Road station and headed for the Sector V and New Town IT offices.
Hico also trying to set up a feeder vehicle service from the Sector V metro station to various points in Sector V as well as to the new city. “RITES is conducting a study to verify the viability of all-electric transportation for food services. Options for electric cars, electric buses as well as electric bicycles are being explored. We have written to the Department of Transportation from the state for electric shuttles between the Sector V train station and the New Town bus stop via Sector V,” an official said.