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Skywalks are misused, says survey

Bhavya Dore, Hindustan Times  Mumbai, February 13, 2013
First Published: 01:33 IST(13/2/2013) | Last Updated: 01:34 IST(13/2/2013)

Besides the lack of safety for women using skywalks, most people felt that the skywalks are being misused, reveals a citywide survey of 1,000 people conducted by a group of nine students of St Xavier's College in January.

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Around 68.4% of the respondents said the skywalks are being misused by hawkers, beggars and drug addicts, while 44.4% said they are not well-maintained.

The second-year students, who conducted the study as part of their coursework, surveyed respondents using skywalks at Bandra, Kurla, Santacruz, Vile Parle, Borivli, Andheri, Sion, Dahisar, Mira Road and Bhayander using a questionnaire.

Despite all the issues, 62% of the respondents welcomed the concept of the skywalks and said they are useful, with only 34.4% feeling that the government was not justified in investing public money to build them.

"The concept is quite welcome… but after constructing a structure, you can't shelve the responsibility of its maintenance," said Avkash Jadhav, the history department professor who guided the project.

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