Footbridge to curb jaywalking near collectorate by next year

  • | Tuesday | 12th December, 2023

Noida: The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) plans to build three footover bridges (FOBs) — one opposite the district collectorate in Surajpur, another opposite the Omega shopping complex, and a third near Durga Talkies in Ecotech 2.The FOBs have been proposed on a build, fund, operate, and transfer (BFOT) basis. The GNIDA will likely complete the selection of companies by December-end, and the construction work will take another year.The GNIDA has already issued three RFPs for the construction of the FOBs.The selected companies will build the FOBs at their own cost and can recover their expenses through advertising, said officials.According to the terms of the proposal, the selected companies will receive a 20-year licence and permission to carry advertisements on the FOBs for two decades. Each FOB will have two staircases and two lifts, which the company will also operate. After a designated time, the GNIDA plans to take over the FOBs, with penalties in place in case of any violations.The GNIDA conducted a survey with consulting agency RITES to identify the locations where the FOBs would come up. The areas finalised have vehicles moving at high speed, making crossing the roads a security hazard for pedestrians, said officials.Residents have long been requesting FOBs in the city. The GNIDA previously issued tenders multiple times, but no companies had come forward. Subsequently, it attempted to build three FOBs, but the project didnt take off. Now, a fresh attempt is underway to complete the project.The GNIDA has also proposed FOBs at locations such as near Apeejay International School, the Gamma shopping mall, Ek Murti Rotary in Sector 16 B, the Nirala Estate township, Artha SEZ in Sector Techzone 4, Supertech Eco Village, and Yarthath Hospital in Sector 16B.We also published the following articles recentlyHow Shriti & company turned stubble into building bricksShriti Pandey, a construction management MS graduate from New York University, applied for and was selected for a rural development fellowship through the State Bank of Indias Youth for India program. She returned home to a village in Madhya Pradesh called Pandhana and founded Strawcture Eco, a company that aims to convert stubble into a bio-material for construction. The bio-based material, made from straw, is intended to replace concrete and kiln-made bricks, decarbonizing buildings. The company has collaborated with labs and conducted physical trials to ensure compliance with ISI and BIS standards. Over 200 architects and builders have used Strawctures products, which have sequestrated about 3,600 tonnes of CO2.Ayodhya airport to be completed by December-end; first section of bullet train project in 3 years: Jyotiraditya ScindiaThe construction of the Maryada Purushottam Shri Ram International Airport in Ayodhya will be completed by December-end, according to Union Minister Jyotiraditya M Scindia. He also mentioned that the first section of the bullet train project is expected to start in three years. The government is focused on its capex programme for airports, with a plan of Rs 95,000 crore. Scindia assured that the Ayodhya airport will be ready by the end of this month and will be inaugurated by PM Narendra Modi. He also mentioned that the Navi Mumbai and Jewar airports will be operational by next year.

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