Travel / Hospitality

Giving jaywalkers the safe alternative of skywalks

09th Dec `13, 03:18 AM in Travel / Hospitality

Mumbai has seen a huge influx of people over the past few decades, which has overwhelmed its infrastructure,…

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Mumbai has seen a huge influx of people over the past few decades, which has overwhelmed its infrastructure, particularly transportation. This, combined with unmaintained sidewalks, footpaths spilling over with hawkers, and unsafe subways has added to pedestrians’ woes. To address this issue, the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) began to build skywalks in the city and its suburbs. However, residents do not seem to be very enthusiastic about the initiative. More than 36 skywalks were set up, costing almost Rs 750 crore, but most of them have reported a drop in footfall over the past few years. While in June 2011, 12 lakh commuters used skywalks, the number dipped to 7.4 lakh within a year. This despite the fact that Mumbai has almost 65 lakh pedestrians daily, and studies indicate that 57 per cent of road fatalities involve pedestrians.

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