Mumbai: Residents commuting from Jogeshwari (West) to (East) or vice-versa can soon expect some relief from traffic congestion during the peak hours.
The Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) is planning to construct a 400-metre skywalk near the crowded Jogeshwari railway station. The skywalk proposed to be built with elevators is estimated to cost Rs 9.5 crore and will be completed in a span of 18 months, including the monsoons, officials confirmed.
According to officials, the elevators will motivate people to use the skywalk which are otherwise rarely used in many parts of the city. S O Kori, Chief Engineer of the Bridges Department said, “We have invited bids for the project and are expecting to initiate it immediately after the monsoon. We want to complete all the formalities in this time period.”
According to official estimate, over 2,000 people are present at the suburban railway station during peak hours in the day. Currently, the only means of going from east to west or vice-versa is the level-crossing. The skywalk is expected to extend from the Ismail Yusuf college in the eastern side of the suburb to Malkambaug, a Parsi colony, on the western side.
Another civic official from the bridges department said, “The skywalk will also connect to a new booking office, which will be constructed along with it, at the railway station. People will find it easier to use the skywalk because of the elevators. The only other skywalk in the city which has elevators is in Kandivali.”