Work begins at ITO for Delhi’s first mega skywalk, to be ready by March
The skywalk will have four arms that will connect Sikandra Road, Mathura Road, Tilak Marg and Bahadurshah Zafar Marg with Pragati Maidan and ITO Metro stations and Supreme Court.delhi Updated: Nov 04, 2017 23:43 IST
ITO, one of Delhi’s busiest traffic junctions and an office hub, could bear a different look by March next year as construction on the ambitious skywalk project finally took off this week.
The Public Works Department (PWD) has started construction of what officials say will be Delhi’s first “mega skywalk”, expected to be 615 metres long. There are over 25 major office complexes in ITO, besides two Metro stations, seven major arterial roads and the Tilak Bridge Railway Station.
“We have started constructing the foundation of a staircase near the Institute of Archaeology. It will be one of the entry-exit points to the skywalk. Initially, the pace of construction work is slow, but we will expedite it,” an official associated with the project told Hindustan Times on condition of anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
A skywalk connects more than one road and is generally used at junctions with heavy traffic. It is longer than a foot overbridge (FoB) and has space for canopies, food shops and areas for pedestrians to sit. It also has more than one arm, allowing pedestrians to reach different parts of a busy intersection.
The estimated cost of the ITO project is ₹41 crore. The central government will finance about 80% of the project, while the remaining funds will be provided by the Delhi government. It will connect Sikandra Road, Mathura Road, Tilak Marg and Bahadurshah Zafar Marg with Pragati Maidan and ITO Metro stations and the Supreme Court.
Starting from the Pragati Maidan Metro Station, the skywalk will have four wings. One will exit at the Mathura Road bus stand, another will go under the Metro line and descend near the entry of the Tilak Bridge Railway Station.
The third section will have two exits points, one near Bal Gangadhar Tilak statue on Tilak Marg and the other near Institute of Archaeology Building on Sikandra Road. The fourth section will be a ramp that will descend near Hanuman Temple at Bahadur Shah Zafar Road.
As part of the skywalk project, an FoB will also be constructed on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg near Hans Bhawan. The skywalk will have steel benches and stylish overhead canopies where kiosks for refreshments will be set up.
The official said barricades had been put near Pragati Maidan Metro Station towards Hanuman Temple for the construction work. “Union minister of housing and urban affairs Hardeep Singh Puri and BJP MP Meenakshi Lekhi will lay the foundation stone of the project on November 9. The target is to complete the project by March 31, 2018,” the official said.
At present, there is only one FoB on Vikas Marg at ITO. There is a subway built by DMRC to allow pedestrians to cross over Vikas Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and the DDU Marg. However, there is no FoB or subway at Pragati Maidan Metro Station, exposing pedestrians to safety risks.