ITO Skywalk Now Open For Public
In a major move to make central Delhi pedestrian-friendly, the ITO skywalk is now open, after a seven-month delay. Constructed by the Public Works Department, the project will enable smooth movement and connect the Sikandra Road, the Mathura Road, the Tilak Marg and the Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg with Pragati Maidan and ITO Metro stations and the Supreme Court premises.
The skywalk would start from the Pragati Maidan Metro Station and will have four wings with exit to different locations. The skywalk is expected to witness a footfall of 29,000 every day.
While major parts of national capital Delhi, face heavy congestion due to ongoing Metro construction. Dug-up roads and diversions cause not just traffic congestion but also make the pedestrians suffer.
Earlier, the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) had announced seven new subways along the Magenta Line to help people navigate better through the street.
The plan was to build seven underpasses for pedestrians at Munirka, RK Puram, IIT, Panchsheel Park, Chirag Delhi, Greater Kailash and Nehru Enclave.
Currently, the Outer Ring Road (ORR) is connected by flyovers and has many signal-free stretches, insufficient and unsafe for pedestrians. Only a 12-km stretch of the Magenta Line, which would be connecting Botanical Garden with Janakpuri, is so far operational. The remaining 16 stations on the Line would be open by mid-April.
The subways would be made operational around the same time and will be open for non-Metro users as well for multiple exits and entry point.
The subways would be of great advantage for the colonies lying along the ORR as currently there is no provision for safe crossing even at internal roads as they remain congested for the most part of the day. However, the challenge for the authorities will be to keep subway encroachment free and safe from anti-social elements.
Traffic diversion would be seen in the days to come as the construction work for the subway is underway. But, that should be over soon. This time, the DMRC is using box pushing technology for which large excavation can be avoided and instead an entry will be created for a box-like structure to be inserted and pushed forward to create a subway. So, work would be done faster without involving much heavy machinery for carving out the passage. The subway would be constructed on other stretches of Phase-III, wherever pedestrian traffic is heavy.