Coming up at one of the busiest intersections of four major roads, Delhi is set to get one of its largest skywalks with multiple entry and exit points, solar panels on the roof and a central space for a quick bite. The Delhi government’s skywalk and foot-over-bridge (FOB) project at ITO has been approved by the Delhi Urban Art Commission (DUAC), Public Works Department (PWD) Minister Satyendar Jain said Thursday.
This would be the first skywalk project on such a scale undertaken by the PWD, said Jain. The skywalk and FOB will connect Sikandra Road, Mathura Road, Tilak Marg and Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg.
The skywalk will give exclusive connectivity to Pragati Maidan Metro station, which sees heavy rush during fairs and exhibitions, from points on the four roads that it will connect to. The FOB will be constructed at the crossing in Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg.
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“This is a very busy traffic junction and it is almost impossible for pedestrians to cross it. The aim of this project is pedestrian safety. The skywalk will have lifts and escalators, making it accessible to everyone,” Jain told The Indian Express.
He added that the project was part of the Delhi government’s plan to redesign its roads, making pedestrians top priority.
The skywalk and FOB project design also entails a central space in front of the Supreme Court, where pedestrians can spend time and grab a bite at shops selling food and beverages, said Jain.
The minister said the estimated cost of the project is approximately Rs 30 crore. “The project work will start in about three to four months after the structural drawings and revised estimates are drawn up. It should take about a year to be completed. We expect it to be ready by December 2017,” said Jain.
The dimensions of the design proposal approved by the DUAC has 5-metre wide walkways on the skywalk connecting to different points and leading to the central space and the Pragati Maidan Metro station.
The construction material proposed to be used is stainless steel, fabricated iron plates for staircases, tensile cloth panels on the roof connected aesthetically to clear glass railing, and tile flooring. Parts of the skywalk may have solar panels on the roof, said Jain.