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Skywalk to end pedestrian woes at ITO intersection.

The ambitious decongestion plan of Delhi will also address the pedestrian woes at city's busiest ITO intersection with construction of a skywalk. After several failed attempts, the Delhi government is finally going ahead with the skywalk connecting Pragati Maidan Metro station and Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg. The project aims at eliminating the pedestrian interference with vehicular traffic and thus reducing accidents on the stretch.

The skywalk will be constructed in such a way that it will provide easy access to all roads criss- crossing the ITO intersection.

The design will factor in the new subways constructed by the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation that serve as the entry/ exit points to the ITO Metro station.

" The design of the skywalk has been modified to connect it with the subways. The skywalk was planned keeping in view the large volume of pedestrians who have to navigate through heavy traffic in absence of foot over- bridges. Also, the pedestrian movement along the drain from Pragati Maidan Metro station

station to ITO poses a big risk to commuters," said a PWD official.

" The area attracts a lot of pedestrian traffic since it has both an institutional and office area. The skywalk will connect to Tilak Bridge railway station, Sikandara Road, DDU Marg, Indraprastha Marg near the Delhi police headquarters and the building of the Institute of Engineers," he added.

ITO intersection, which is frequented by over 4 lakh vehicles every day, is home to several prominent government establishments, including the Police Headquarters, the headquarters of the Delhi Development Authority, Vikas Bhawan, Income Tax Office and other central revenue buildings. It also serves as a crucial link between East Delhi and other Central Delhi areas.

By connecting the Tilak Bridge railway station, Pragati Maidan Metro station, bus stops and subways in the area, the PWD hopes to ensure smooth pedestrian traffic. While the ITO area sees footfall running into lakhs of people daily, pedestrian traffic went up after opening of the ITO Metro station on the Central Secretariat- Kashmere Gate Metro corridor.

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Date:Feb 8, 2016
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