The construction of seven foot overbridges in different parts of the national capital for pedestrians to cross roads has got the government’s green signal.
The Delhi government's Public Works Department (PWD) has approved the proposal for the seven foot overbridges that will be built by the department at RTR Marg, Nelson Mandela Marg, ISBT in Sarai Kale Khan, inner Ring Road-Mahatama Gandhi Marg (Shakurpur village), Tamil Sangam Marg, Harswaroop Colony and Maya Puri.
However, the proposals for constructing three-foot overbridges (FOB) in view of site constraint and less footfall of pedestrians has been turned down by the PWD.
The decision was taken at a recent meeting of the PWD's FOB Committee. Department's Principal Secretary Manoj Kumar Parida chaired the meeting.
While approving a foot overbridge at RTR Marg, it was informed at the meeting that a footfall survey revealed that 1,894 pedestrians cross the road during the day and traffic density for 12 hours period was 84,407 vehicles.
"The settlement around the proposed site is predominantly residential. Pedestrians face problem in crossing the road. In view of this, the FOB Committee has approved the proposal for construction of a foot overbridge at the proposed site," according to the statement of the meeting.
The committee, however, rejected the proposal of constructing a foot overbridge near SDMC office and Chhattarpur Mandir.
"Narender Mahajan, executive engineer, PWD informed that the subway subcommittee inspected the site on May 25, 2017 and observed that space for one side landing steps/ramps is not available. Considering the site constraint, the FOB Committee rejected the proposal of construction of a foot overbridge at the proposed site," it stated.
About construction of a foot overbridge at Sarai Kale Khan, it stated that an inspection by the subway sub-committee was held on April 23, which recommended construction of a foot overbridge at ISBT Sarai Kalen Khan.
"A feasibility study was also conducted... according to which 495 persons cross the road per hour in peak time. Near the proposed location, no grade separated pedestrian facility is available to cross the road safely. Keeping in view of this, the FOB Committee approved the proposal for construction of a foot overbridge," the minutes of meeting stated.
The proposal for constructing a foot overbridge at Sultanpuri 908 main bus stand was rejected, citing, "As per sub-committee report, foot overbridge at his location is not feasible due to congestion of space and traffic movement is also slow at this location.
(With PTI inputs)