satarday, November 22,2008
Belapur : After Mumbai’s ambitions plans to have 50 skywalks, it's now the turn of Navi Mumbai to build five such modern structures on the two major highways- Sion-Panvel and Thane-Turbhe-passing through the satellite township.These skywalks are proposed at Vashi, nerul, Koperkhairne, Ghansoli and Airoli."These have been several instances of fatal mishaps in these spots. Most of them were pedestrians who were trying to cross the road and tracks while trying to catch a train. In these areas, industries, railways stations and which complicates the problem, "Said standing committee chairman of Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) Sandip Naik. " Over the last five years, 16 [erupts java need killed and 60 injured in various road mishaps in these areas, "he added."The five skywalks will be built by private participation and not with civic funds, "an official said. Each skywalk will be 90 meter in length, 6.9 meter in height and will cost about Rs 5crore each. "Both the ends of the skywalk will have lifts for the elderly and handicapped. The structures will be illuminated by solar panels. We expect the work to be over within 11 months after the project is approved, "Naik added."UK-based consulting firm, "The Firm Associates, which has experience in building skywalks in several countries, has agreed to provide expertise in designing the structures, Naik said. "Man Infrastructure, a company based in Navi Mumbai, had already agreed to build on e of these skywalks," he added. naik, however, refused to divulge the names of other three major companies which are going to build the skywalks. According to sours, both the Ambai brothers have evinced interest.The Rs 25-crore project will be put up before the civic body for approvals in the next meeting. "The NMMC will not spend a single rupee even though it had allocated Rs,5 crore for the skywalks project. Private parties will have to come up with their designs and plans. Five of them will be selected, added Naik.