Kolkata Unplugged

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Sampriti Flyover – The Batanagar-Jinjira Bazaar connector

Travelling to Batanagar, Maheshtala, Nangi and Budge Budge from the main city used to be a nightmare. But, rejoice – the pain is over. Inaugurated on 11 January 2019, the Sampriti Flyover is no less than a new year’s

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Parking Receipts New Age Deceits

With the introduction of automated parking devices in Kolkata by Kolkata Municipal Corporation, new methods of fleecing car owners were immediately in practice too. Though the automated hand-held parking devices were mea

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Taking off with Branded Fuel

As a motorist you must have seen the branded fuels in most of the fuel pumps, but might have never experienced them. It’s time to be acquainted with the products and tank it. In India there are three kinds of automo

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Zipping through the Tolls

Motorists on long drives suffer from one nightmare for sure: long queues at clogged highway toll plazas! With traffic increasing on Indian highways, the time taken to pass through a toll plaza is often abnormally high. H

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Majerhat Bridge Alternatives

The Majerhat tragedy is an unfortunate reality. A lesser-known fact though is that immediately after the bridge collapse, Kolkata Traffic Police chalked out effective bypass routes to ease the traffic movements around th

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BS-VI Fuel Catching up

Bharat Stage VI-grade fuel has already been introduced in Delhi from April 1, 2018. Kolkata has not yet tested the fuel and is scheduled to roll it out by March 2020. While the contribution of cars and bikes to the overa

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Do’s & Don’ts of Accident Management

What you do or don’t do in the few minutes following an accident could literally spell the difference between life and death – yours, your co-passengers’ as well as the other party’s – apart from throwing the t

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Electric vehicle missing spark

Home to one of the largest automobile markets in the world, India represents an enormous opportunity for electric vehicle (EV). Depleting oil reserves, escalating fuel prices and threatening air pollution levels have com

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Fuel Woes Taxing Legacy

Pradeep Gooptu In the 1970s, the Government of India nationalised the petroleum sector and set the ball rolling for a long and bitter legacy. Since then Indian consumers have been paying a high price, literally and me

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Accident Insights

India loses approximately 1,50,000 lives on its roads -  every year! It is imperative for us to address the impossibly high traffic injury and mortality rate in our country. Interestingly, accident research has proven t

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Reviewing – Safe Drive Save Life

'Safe Drive Save Life': four omnipresent words in the state of West Bengal have for all practical purposes become traffic jargon in themselves. From signs, banners, hoardings and kiosks to television and radio advertisem

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Highway Speed Puzzles

In the absence of specific norms on traffic safety in the state of West Bengal, the campaign of ‘Safe Drive Save Life’ is proving to be taxing on innocent motorists. Rising grievances among the motorists on highways

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National Highways Renumbered

You must have recently noticed some unfamiliar numbers while driving along the National Highways in India. The numbers actually refer to route marker signs and can also be found on Google Maps, indicating the National Hi

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Super Seven 2018

If you thought 2017 was an exciting year for the automotive industry, you will be surprised at what 2018 has to offer. With the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo having just concluded, a string of exciting launches has come our way.

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EM Bypass Extended

Running on the eastern fringe of Kolkata, from Ultadanga in the northeast corner to southeast end at Patuli, the Eastern Metropolitan Bypass has been a boon to the people of this city for close to two decades now. EM Byp

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Taking a Toll on Motorists

Rising inflation, steeply increasing fuel prices, high maintenance cost - the woes of the motorists seem to be endless. And now there has been a steep rise in toll collected by National Highways Authority of India (NHAI)

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Misleading Highway Signs

A series of complaints from readers and fellow motorists about misleading road signs on National Highways that connect the city of Kolkata with rest of the country prompted Team WHEELS to conduct a survey. The outcome wo

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Bravehearts from Bengal in WWI

Bengalis were not considered to be a martial race. Yet no less than three World War I memorials - the Bengalee War Memorial, Cenotaph and Lascar War Memorial were set up in this city though it was no more the capital of

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One-way Traps in Kolkata

One way system of traffic regulation is prevalent all over the world and Kolkata is no exception. Some of its old roads and lanes are so narrow that these are not at all suitable for handling traffic from both directions

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Houses of Spirits from the British Raj

'Is anybody there?'. Nobody can be seen. All the book-racks with thousands of books at the National Library stand still in the depths of noiseless silence. How can this be explained scientifically? Are we haunted

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