Thursday, November 20,2008,
In an attempt to make commuting easy for residents of Navi Mumbai, the civic body hopes to install advanced type of skywalks will have elevators for handicapped people and senior citizens. presently, the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NNMC) has proposed skywalks at five place-near D.Y.Patil stadium, Ghansoli, Airoli, Vahsgaon. These are accident-prone zones identified by the NMMC for the project, said Sandeep Naik, Chairman of the Standing Committee on Wednesday while speaking to the press. Naik was updating the press about the development work undertaken by NMMC. The NMMC will discuss the scheme with CIDCO if required and work out things in tandem. NMMC has allotted Rs 5 crores for the project.The NMMC will invite companies to sponsor the deal. Although NMMC will be in- charge of the security of the skywalks, the companies sponsoring the project will maintain the said property and pay electricity bills as wll. As of now, two companies have approached NMMC for sponsoring the skywalks but the names will be disclosed later, said Naik The skywalk will be well-ventilated and people will be able to enjoy the view fro all sides, though the pathway will be covered fully.
The Skywalk will be built in such a way that it will consume less electricity. The NMMC also hopes to use eco-friendly material to build the skywalk and adopt green concepts for the same. Each skywalk will cost around rupees four crore to be sponsored by companies. Some skywalks will also have solar panels, pointed Naik.
The design of the skywalk is made by THE FIRM company, whose architect Sondeep Ghosh pointed that 2000 people will be able to walk at a time on the skywalk. The width will be five meters."We will create awareness among the people regarding the skywalks and put up hoarding in the city, requesting the people to use skywalks, said Naik.Work on the first skywalk will start within there months and is expected to get over within eight month. Skywalks will come up on serve roads more than the main roads of the city. This will not only help reduce number of accidents but also contribute to the beauty of the city to large extent, concluded Naik. The NMMC also plans to patent the design, said Ghosh.