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28 skywalks will be built in areas with heavy traffic

Ayushi Singh

A skywalk

The government has floated a tender to build 28 skywalks in Bengaluru. These will come at places that have heavy vehicular movement, including Silk Board junction, BTM Layout and Devinagar Cross on Outer Ring Road.
“The tender has been floated. Pedestrians and their needs have been taken care of. We have picked areas with maximum traffic and pedestrians, and hope to solve the problem within a few months when the new skywalks are ready,” BS Prahallad, superintending engineer (road infrastructure), BBMP, informed The Observer.
Some citizens The Observer spoke with said the city needs skywalks at places that really need them.
“I see many people crossing roads every day while going to and coming back from work, and feel that there is an urgent requirement of a skywalk at Hebbal,” says Nandish, a resident of Koramangala who travels to Hebbal every day.
In the absence of skywalks, hundreds of people risk their lives while crossing roads at Silk Board, BTM Layout and Madiwala. On the other hand, there are skywalks in places like Jayanagar 3rd block and Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium that are hardly used; people prefer to cross the road instead of using these skywalks.
“The city is still in need of a lot of skywalks to avoid accidents. Human life is a lot more than financial benefit. The government must properly survey highly populated areas with a lot of traffic and plan skywalks accordingly,” said Abhinash, a resident of Jalahalli.
Most pedestrians who cross roads are in a hurry. It is not uncommon to find them group and stop traffic to cross roads. This puts both pedestrians and motorists at danger.
A pedestrian who requested he not be named said: “There are many skywalks in the city that remain unused. The same would have been of more help in areas that really need skywalks.”
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