Sky walk project at Kharghar to be completed soon
Photo by- Vincent Sebastian
Kharghar: The much needed Kharghar skywalk, being constructed by City and Industrial Development Corporation (CIDCO) is likely to be thrown open to public by the last week of August. J. Kumar Infra projects Ltd has been awarded a contract worth Rs 36 crore by the city and Industrial Development Corporation of Maharashtra Ltd for the construction of a pedestrian skywalk at Kharghar in Navi Mumbai. With this contract, the company’s total order book stands at Rs 1,311 crore.
The Project involves a sky walk of 1800 m long with one end at Kharghar Railway Station. After crossing the Sion-Panvel Highway it bifurcates and one arm ends near the Bharati Vidyapeeth and the other near the Utsav Chowk. The sky walk includes a cable stayed structure at Kharghar across Sion –Panvel Highway.
The 1.75-km long and 4m wide skywalk will start from Kharghar station and proceed along Pravesh marg to terminate near ITM. The skywalk will also have escalators to facilitate free pedestrian movements with limited opening planned between Belpada village and Hiranandani complex to allow access to students of various colleges.
Proper lighting will be provided in the corridor enabling the pedestrians to use it at night. It will have an open type escalator in the entrance along with a ramp for alighting. It will help reduce the number of accidents caused when pedestrians cross the highway. They have also put a slope on the other end that can help the disabled to get down with no difficulty.
Activities involved Traffic survey, Geo technical investigation, Topographic survey, Planning, Design and Quality Assurance of Skywalks at various Railway Stations in the city of Navi Mumbai. Locals allege that this project was to be ready by last year September, but the CIDCO had failed to complete it on time.
Resident of Kharghar says, “The skywalk could also be a hotspot for various miscreants and the lovebirds just after its opening. The hawkers could also encroach upon it like what they have done with the footpaths of the town. As a precautionary measure CIDCO should also think of deploying security guards for the conveniences of the pedestrians.”
Another resident says that, “Being a college student, I need to cross over the other end of the road. Being the highway it is difficult and quite dangerous for the public to cross over. This sky walk will be very helpful for the public and people will be able to reach their destinations well on time”
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