The public Works Department has started work on its ambitious 615 metre-long skywalk project, which aims to connect 25 major office complexes, two Metro stations, Tilak Bridge railway station and seven major arterial roads.
“Construction will begin by laying the foundation of the staircase near the Institute of Archaeology. This will be one of the entry and exit points for the skywalk,” an official said.
Longer than a foot overbridge, the skywalk will have steel benches, overhead canopies and space for kiosks for people to get refreshments. The skywalk will begin from Pragati Maidan and will have four wings — one will exit at the Mathura Road bus stand; another will go under the Metro line near the entry of the Tilak Bridge railway station; the third will have an exit at the Bal Gangadhar Tilak statue on Tilak Marg; and the fourth near the Institute of Archaeology on Sikandra Road.
Another section will have a ramp that will descend near the Hanuman Temple at Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg. Officials said the deadline for the project is March 2018. It is expected to cost about Rs 41 crore. The Centre will finance about 80 per cent of the project, while the Delhi government will pay for the rest.
Officials added that the project would connect Sikandra Road, Mathura Road, Tilak Marg and Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg with Pragati Maidan and ITO Metro stations as well as the Supreme Court.