The corporation, according to sources, is flooded with requests to develop a system that comprises electric-run buses, battery-run three wheelers, dedicated bicycle zones and a monorail. Currently, the civic authorities are working on feedbacks from residents and preparing the smart city plan. It will be submitted to the Union urban development ministry by this month for central funds.
Already, the state government has zeroed in on a monorail alignment that has been planned to run from Ultadanga to New Town via Salt Lake. It is expected to run along the main First Avenue of Salt Lake, cross Karunamoyee and Sector V before ending at New Town.
Civic authorities said the connectivity in the township could be improved only by developing a smart public transport system using e-rickshaws, electric buses in short routes that will connect all the blocks.
Residents are expecting things to improve. “We welcome the smart city move by the municipal corporation. The transport system will automatically be developed once the township gets developed as a smart city,” said Bidhannagar welfare association general secretary Kumar Shankar Sadhu.
There has been a long-standing demand by the residents of Salt Lake to improve the transport system. They complain public transport is yet to be up to mark in the area. There are areas in Sector II and Sector III where connectivity is pathetic, with hardly one or two public buses plying. Most residents rue that the transport system of the township mostly caters to Sector V and New Town %commuters, but offers little for those living here.
Even moving from one end to other end in the township after 8pm is a nightmare in certain pockets. Autos are the only option but they are inconsistent too.
In neighbouring New Town, the authorities are already working on developing such smart public transport systems, with the NKDA authorities introducing battery-driven vehicles and bicycle rides in Eco Park and also planning to have a dedicated bicycle zone on the service road stretch off the main arterial road.