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Mohan Nagar foot overbridge to be ready by Sept-end

The FOB at Mohan Nagar intersection will help pedestrian movement between two major roads — the GT Road and the Link Road.

noida Updated: Sep 13, 2019 13:04 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Ghaziabad
The under-construction foot overbridge, at Mohan Nagar, in Ghaziabad, Thursday, September 12, 2019.
The under-construction foot overbridge, at Mohan Nagar, in Ghaziabad, Thursday, September 12, 2019. (Sakib Ali / HT Photo )
         

A much-needed relief is in sight for pedestrians crossing the busy road at the Mohan Nagar intersection with a 150m long foot overbridge (FOB) likely to be opened by the end of the month. Officials of the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) said the project is pegged at Rs 3 crore and will be the first FOB in the city to have escalators.

According to authority officials, the FOB will help pedestrian movement between two major roads — the GT Road and the Link Road. The Mohan Nagar intersection is located at the tri-junction of two roads and witnesses heavy pedestrian movement.

“The under-construction FOB will have escalators on both sides. One end is on the GT Road near a mall and it will connect to another FOB which is already constructed over the Link Road on the other end. With the help of escalators on the Link Road side, the pedestrians can access the new as well as the old FOB,” VN Singh, chief engineer, GDA, said.

At present, the traffic police had barricaded the GT Road, the section below the 9.4km elevated metro route, at Mohan Nagar. However, in the absence of an FOB or other facilities, pedestrians are forced to climb over the jersey barriers to move between the Link Road and the GT Road, making the crossing risky as the intersection is signal-free.

“There is also less awareness among pedestrians. FOBs have already been constructed at eight Metro stations for ease of crossing the GT Road. We will be writing to the traffic police to make the public aware about the availability of FOBs at the Metro stations,” Singh said.

At present, the city has FOBs at different locations at Vaishali, Vasundhara, Mohan Nagar, old bus stand, outside district headquarters and Hapur Chungi, but they have no escalators. As a result, the pedestrian movement on the FOBs is less and they prefer to jaywalk across main roads.

Apart from the existing FOBs, the NCR transport corporation, which is taking up construction of the Regional Rapid Transit System, has planned seven FOBs over the Delhi-Meerut Road, including one under the jurisdiction of Meerut district.

First Published: Sep 12, 2019 18:25 IST