I must have been dozing during my bus trips and had not noticed this before, but yesterday, when I traveling by bus after a gap of four months on this route, I was surprised to see 1.3 km long skywalk, a bright yellow iron bridge extending all the way from Bandra Suburban station to Kala Nagar in Bandra East..
Wow! A skywalk in Bandra! Now people don’t need to go to gym to shed few pounds!
Skywalk construction in Bandra consist of 4 meters elevated walkway framed structure with Polycarbonate Sheet as roofing and resting on 1.0 m. dia. Pier of ht. approximately 6.0 m above the ground level. It has four staircases namely at Anant Kanekar Marg Police Chowki, Near ONGC Building, Kalanagar on either side of Sion-Dharavi Road.
Around 50 skywalks, or elevated walkways, are being planned at railway stations across Mumbai and its suburbs to facilitate the movement of people from stations to adjoining areas without disrupting the flow of vehicular traffic.
The MMRDA had earlier announced that it would be financing the construction of 50 skywalks in the city at a cost of Rs 600 crore. The MSRDC would be constructing 18 while the MMRDA will undertake the work on the remaining 32 skywalks. The MMRDA hopes to recover the investment through sale of advertising rights.
The width of 17 skywalks will vary from 3 meters to 4.50 meters and will have steel railings, powerful lighting, polycarbonate sheds, sitting arrangements, escalators, landscaping, garbage bins, shops, and toilets.
I am sure that this project will be economical, time-bound, and most commuter-friendly due to its need in the wake of dense pedestrian movement and there is a promise that the skywalk will have enough space to accommodate demarcated areas for hawkers.
‘Linking road’ and ‘Fashion Street’ will have a new address. Now, won’t that be fun?
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