Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Skywalks, escalators to offer pedestrians respite

Skywalks, escalators to offer pedestrians respite
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Skywalks and subways around malls in the city can ensure safety of pedestrians and smooth traffic flow on the roads

BBMP does have a couple of ideas up its sleeve to decongest the roads around malls in the city. The new malls that have come up in Jayanagar 9th and 4th block could soon have subways on the crowded roads leading to them for the comfort of shoppers arriving on foot. On the cards are also skywalks with escalators to take the pressure off the roads around a few other malls.
“We are planning to build skywalks with escalators on eight important roads, including the Old Airport Road, near the Marathahalli junction and the Hosur Road, near Forum Mall, where pedestrian traffic is among the highest. We are

providing the escalators as people usually find skywalks too high to climb and ignore them,” says a senior BBMP officer.
Additional commissioner of police (traffic) Pravin Sood supports the idea of having more skywalks and subways in the city for pedestrian use. “We need them at nearly 200 locations. It is up to the civic

authorities to come up with more of them,” he says. A senior traffic officer explains it is essential to provide skywalks and subways around the many malls in the city for the sake of pedestrian safety and smooth traffic flow on the roads. “Subways and skywalks are a must in areas like Hosur Road, which has several attractions for shoppers like Star Bazar, Forum Mall and Big Bazaar,” he says.
The traffic police could have its wish fulfilled sooner than later as BBMP says it will build skywalks with escalators on KH Road, near the Corporation Bank bus stop, at Mission Road, and other localities to help traffic conditions.

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