To ensure that pedestrians do not risk their lives while crossing the busy NH24 near Akshardham flyover in east Delhi, the public works department has decided to build a pedestrian bridge.
Delhi health minister Ashok Kumar Walia, who is the area MLA, said the pedestrian bridge will connect Ganesh Nagar - Pandav Nagar complex with Samaspur Village.
“The volume of traffic on NH24 has increased manifold in the past few years. Since the road is wide, vehicles come at a great speed. We had been demanding a pedestrian bridge at that point for a long time. The public works department has finally agreed to it,” Walia said.
Apart from stairs, the pedestrian bridge will have lifts on both sides for the convenience of women, elders and the infirm. The bridge will cost R4.50 crore and construction is likely to start in a couple of weeks.
This apart, Delhi government’s construction agency will start constructing two more pedestrian bridges — one between School Block and WB block of Shakarpur on New Patparganj Road and another on Marginal Bund Road near Ramesh Park.
“There’s huge pedestrian movement in Shakarpur. A pedestrian bridge is a necessity there. Similarly, pedestrians find it difficult crossing Marginal Bund Road at the surface because of difference in road level,” Walia said.