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Walk ‘n’ wait in style now

In a bid to make the city more pedestrian and commuter-friendly before the Commonwealth Games, bus stops and foot overbridges get a new look.

entertainment Updated: Jul 15, 2010 03:08 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times

A Metro that connects the city with Noida and Gurgaon, air-conditioned DTC buses and English-speaking, polite auto drivers are all part of the government’s ongoing efforts to change the face of Delhi. Though the Capital has made it to the list of the 10 worst cities in the world for commuters in a recent survey, efforts are on to ensure hassle-free travel. HT City gets you a glimpse of two such commuter-friendly initiatives.

Road to Comfort
The newly-constructed overbridge next to Matka Peer, at the Mathura Road-Bhairon Road intersection, is one of its kind in the city. Not only is it intended to make is easy for pedestrians to cross the road, it will also provide easy access to Major Dhyan Chand Stadium during the Commonwealth Games.

It boasts plush interiors, that will be air-conditioned when it’s opened to public. The bridge has elevators for those who cannot climb the stairs. It also has benches on the bridge for people to sit and enjoy the view of the city.

Tech Savvy
Old, dilapidated bus stops in the city have been replaced with new, swanky looking stops. Electronic board have been installed to flash the bus numbers. In a bid to ensure that people don’t litter, every bus stop also has a dustbin.

Dhiraj Kumar, a commuter who was standing at the ITO bus stop waiting for a bus to Kashmere Gate, says, “The benches are so much cleaner. [I] Hope this remains the same even after the Commonwealth Games.”

First Published: Jul 14, 2010 16:04 IST