Built in large number during the Commonwealth Games, pedestrian bridges will soon be an exception in Delhi.
Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) — the technical body that approves all infrastructure projects in the Capital — has come up with criteria and design standards for the construction of foot over bridges in the Capital.
According to a Delhi government official, new pedestrian bridges will only be permitted where “at-grade pedestrian crossing” is not possible due to “severe physical site constraints” and where there is tremendous need “within 150-metre of the landing of an existing flyover”.
In a meeting chaired by Delhi lieutenant governor Tejendra Khanna on Friday, the governing body of the centre also decided to ban the use of escalators in new pedestrian bridges.
“The ramps are difficult to use and escalators are not a universally acceptable feature. The pedestrian bridges should have elevators along with staircases for differentially-abled and the cyclists,” a senior government official said.
Officials said the centre had already decided in one of its previous meetings that pedestrian bridges have to be an exception.
Though there are several pedestrian bridges and subways across the city, pedestrians are still found crossing the road amid traffic risking their lives. Officials said at-grade crossings with pedestrian signals and
adequate signage are to be built on all urban roads within city limits.
“Often, the location of pedestrian signals, zebra crossings and corresponding median cuts, do not match with each other. It will now be the traffic police’s responsibility to implement fully-signalised crossings and pedestrian crossings. The centre will provide the technical drawings on signal location, road markings etc,” the official added.
Officials said the subway committee, under the PWD secretary, will approve the exceptional cases under which the pedestrian bridges are to be provided.
“The committee will have to follow ‘The Need Criteria and Design Guidelines’ — the location, the accessibility components of reaching the pedestrian bridge, engineering feasibility, usability of the bridge and quality of construction — during the approval process,” the official added.