City to get 10 footbridges, 4 of them on Sohna Road

  • | Wednesday | 8th November, 2023

GURGAON: The Gurugram Metropolitan Development Authority (GMDA) is planning to construct 10 foot overbridges in the city for enhanced road safety and pedestrian movement. Four FOBs of these are proposed on Sohna road-- near the Raheja mall, Ninex mall, Omaxe mall, and Islampur, which witness a significant footfall. The other six are proposed to be built near Fortis hospital, Medanta hospital, Sahara mall on MG road, Sheetla Mata Mandir, Sector 14 market and Maruti Udyog on the old Delhi road to reduce instances of accidents and mishaps with pedestrians.These are areas with high density pedestrian movement and where the provision of FOBs provide a safe and convenient solution for the public. A survey of traffic volume and other requisite parameters will be conducted. The DPR will be prepared to ensure maximum utility of the FOBs, R.D. Singhal, general manager, mobility division, GMDA, said. The FOBs will be built under the build-operate-transfer (BOT) model, wherein a private entity will be assigned to finance, design, construct, and operate the project by GMDA. Once the survey has been conducted, the tenders for the project will be floated. The authority plans to execute the project under the BOT model and we are also examining responses from other authorities who have chosen the model for their civic projects, the official added.According to the city police, every third person who dies in road accidents is a pedestrian and till August this year, as many as 104 people have lost their lives in the absence of requisite infrastructure for safe pedestrian movement. In 2022, 138 persons died and 118 lost their lives in 2021.Experts believe that the pedestrian bridges equipped with ramps and elevators prove to be highly beneficial for highway uses, particularly in mid-block crossings. These structures offer a safe means for people to traverse busy roadways and that along with the FOBs, the authority should also concentrate on traffic lights, since some people prefer the latter to cross roads. Empirical data underscores the effectiveness of traffic lights and crosswalks in city environments. Studies have shown that their presence significantly reduces accidents and ensures a smooth flow of traffic. This approach prioritizes the safety of both pedestrians and motorists, irrespective of whether they are navigating the high-speed highways or bustling city streets. The evidence clearly supports the notion that the choice between pedestrian bridges and ground-level traffic management measures should be context-specific, with the aim of ensuring the safety and efficiency of both pedestrians and motorists in diverse transportation settings, Sarika Panda Bhatt, a road safety and mobility expert, said.

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