29 Aug 2023

NHAI to now construct FOB at Chandani Chowk flyover for pedestrian safety

While pedestrians had been demanding a FOB or subway during the construction of the flyover, the same was not considered by the NHAI

A week after the inauguration of the multilevel Chandani Chowk flyover, the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI) has realised the importance of a foot-overbridge (FOB) and decided to construct the same for the safety of pedestrians.

Sudhir Kamant, a resident of Bavdhan, said, “Actually, the NHAI should have built a FOB/subway for pedestrians to cross the road at the Chandani Chowk flyover. This is bad planning as pedestrians were not taken into consideration while designing the flyover.”

A resident of Kothrud said, “There is high risk of accidents as many stops are made on the road by private cars, buses and auto-rickshaws travelling from Mumbai to Pune and Satara. Pedestrians should be considered in every road-related project.”

Acknowledging the risks involved and prioritising the citizens’ safety, Pune guardian minister Chandrakant Patil said, “The original proposal of the Chandani Chowk project did not include a FOB. Hence, one has to currently cross the highway dangerously from Pashan-Bavdhan-Kothrud to Mumbai and from Mulshi to Satara and Pashan to Kothrud. Taking into consideration the possibility of accidents, I brought the matter to the notice of union minister Gadkari.”

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NHAI to now construct FOB at Chandani Chowk flyover for pedestrian safety - Hindustan Times