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Old 4th April 2021, 22:21   #1141
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Hello Golam-da,

You, being the most knowledgeable person on the Calcutta-Siliguri route, do you have any latest piece of news of the Dalkhola flyover? I think it was last reported that the flyover will be ready by Feb, 2021.

Also, please share if you are aware of developments in the Raiganj - Dalkhola section?

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I am bit curious to know: was there an accident or something similar? After the comprehensive road repair, nowadays an hour-long jam on the Farraka barrage has become very rare (Although it used to be a routine affair earlier).


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... do you have any latest piece of news of the Dalkhola flyover? I think it was last reported that the flyover will be ready by Feb, 2021.
Unfortunately, it's still not open. It seems unless election is over no one is now bothered to give next round of "revised timeline".

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Also, please share if you are aware of developments in the Raiganj - Dalkhola section?
The widening work of Raiganj-Dalkhola section is progressing well with scheduled completion by early next year. However, Dalkhola bypass stretch of 5.5 kms is a separate project and being executed by a different but smaller company. This would be the height of irony if Raiganj-Dalkhola section becomes a toll road by this year-end but Dalkhola railway over bridge remains incomplete.
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Old 7th April 2021, 20:06   #1143
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Discovered one more short stretch to avoid the Morgram- Nakpur mess. Coming from Siliguri, going straight up Moregram crossing and around 6 kms before Polsanda toll, one has to take a right to meet the Nabagram- Panchgram road to meet the SH7 at Panchgram. The road surface is brilliant and newly paved.
I took the the Nabagram-Panchgram road yesterday and no doubt surface is brilliant . I now recall to have taken this road few years ago as well. This time I find that the truck traffic along SH-7 has gone up at an alarmingly high level. Generally, I take NH-12 route and after seeing so many truck traffic, my guess, is that the traffic congestion could become a regular affair even along SH-7 soon.

Along NH-12, with the ongoing widening work it's now a messy affair between Jaguli and Krishnanagar. Luckily, in this stretch there are no more traffic jams and for a significant part between Gobindapur and Krishnanagar, the traffic is already diverted to use the newly built lane while the old lane is being scrapped out!

Nabagram - Panchgram Road (Apr 2021):
Kolkata - Siliguri route via Dumka, Bhagalpur or NH-12 (old NH-34)-nproad.png

Newly built lane of NH-12 near Dignagar (Apr 2021)
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I'll be heading home to Kurseong tomorrow. I plan to leave around midnight from Ballygunge, Kolkata. Should I take SH-7 or NH-12?
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I'm planning to head home to Kurseong tomorrow. I plan to leave around midnight from Ballygunge, Kolkata. Should I take NH-12 or SH -7 ?
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I'm planning to head home to Kurseong tomorrow. I plan to leave around midnight from Ballygunge, Kolkata. Should I take NH-12 or SH -7 ?
In last one week, I traveled through both the routes . Frankly, if I were at your position of starting at midnight, as of now I would take NH-12 route without a second thought. If you do so then please stick to NH-12 and don't take any shortcuts suggested by GMaps, unless you know what you are doing.

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Thanks mr. gmhossain for your advice. We left last night at 12.30 and reached Siliguri by 2.30PM. GMaps had provided an estimated travel time of 14 hours. Since we took breaks totalling to an hour, it was a 13 hour drive. This was my third drive in the past 2 years to Siliguri from Kolkata and the second time when I decided to take the NH-12 route and I must admit that road conditions along the route are the best I have seen so far.
Kolkata-Krishnagar: mostly 2 lane so people who like to travel at night like me will have a tough time with the high beams from on-coming traffic.
Krishnanagar-Berhampore-Farakka: Smooth sailing throughout. Kaliachak and Sujapur - no sweat! While approaching the barrage, GMaps warned about a familiar congestion before the entry point. I knew exactly what I had to do. Turned around while I could and looked for the nearest entry point for the 'wrong side. Nonetheless got held up for 20 mins at the barrage.
Farakka-Raiganj-Domohona-Islampur (Bypass) : It was smooth sailing once again upto Raiganj. Raiganj desperately needs a bypass. Never got stuck anywhere but it couldn't go above 20 kph for a long time. Lost a lot of time in Raiganj. This was my first Bengal to Bengal via Domohona. Well paved roads all through to Dhantola. Chakulia-Domohona road is quite narrow. My driver side ORVM high-fived an Eon's ORVM when none of us wanted to step off the shoulder. Once I was on the Dhantola- Rasukhowa Road, no such problems. Took the Islampur Bypass for the first time and made up for some lost time.
Islampur-Bagdogra-Siliguri : No problem. Some work is going just before reaching Bagdogra so there are a few diversions but I guess that will be sorted out soon as well. I was worried about more than usual chaotic traffic in Siliguri due to our PM's visit but luckily it was just the usual chaos.

Although it took me 13 hours for the drive, it's still less than what I had clocked during my other drives. I drive a 2019 Grand i10 Nios (Petrol, Manual). I don't feel confident going above 100 kmph. However, there is a marked improvement in the condition of roads along the route. If anyone is planning to drive to North Bengal from Kolkata, now would be a good time.
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6. Nakpur - Moregram: 3.5 Kms of pure, unadulterated off road. In fact it's become worse than what I faced in December '20. Smaller the car & shorter the overhangs, the better off you are!
This stretch has been repaired now.
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do you have any latest piece of news of the Dalkhola flyover? I think it was last reported that the flyover will be ready by Feb, 2021.
Recently I have seen one video on youtube, which says that work is progressing smoothly. This video is only two motnhs old and here is the link:-


I am sorry I do not have any more update on this.
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Dada,

Many thanks for the update. Summarizing the video:
- the vlogger says that the bypass construction is complete except 3 bridges/flyovers
- he estimates around 6 months of work is remaining.

Both are his assessment.

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Recently I have seen one video on Youtube, which says that work is progressing smoothly. This video is only two motnhs old and here is the link..Regards.

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