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Smart City Board Rejects Proposed Skywalk Project | Thiruvananthapuram News – Times of India


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Thiruvananthapuram Ltd (SCTL) has rejected the proposal to construct a skywalk from


to Pazhavangadi. In the latest board meeting,


discussed the proposal and disapproved it. The board suggested exploring possibilities for constructing a foot overbridge connecting Trivandrum railway station and KSRTC bus depot without causing any obstruction to the upcoming light metro project.
Earlier in September,


city CEO had placed before the board a set of new projects. This was placed at the board meeting in the wake of a communication from the ministry of housing and urban affairs regarding the approaching timeline allowed for project completion by June 2023. Under smart green mobility, the board had tentatively accepted the project to construct a solar footover bridge connecting KSRTC bus depot with railway station.
NATPAC had earlier proposed a skywalk at Thampanoor as a safe route for pedestrians. It was considered as an alternative to the footover bridge connecting the railway station and the bus station. The idea was pitched during the feasibility study of monorail. As per the plan, the skywalk was supposed to connect the monorail station with other rail and bus stations and offer seamless connectivity.
PWD minister Mohamed Riyas had inaugurated in August the foot overbridge at East Fort, constructed on a public private partnership (PPP) model by the city corporation. Despite the facilities ensured at the foot overbridge, very few people have opted to use it. The foot bridge at East Fort has four entrances and two lifts. A police aid post and 36 cameras have been installed to ensure security.

The civic body had earlier implemented a joint venture with a private firm for constructing foot over bridges at Cotton Hill School, Vazhuthacaud, and near Pattom St Mary’s School. As per the proposal, the company made investments for the construction and in return advertisement slots would be given to the company.
The city corporation which has implemented a zero-investment model for construction of foot overbridges in the city will construct three more as per PPP model. The city corporation had called for expression of interest from government-approved agencies to construct foot overbridges at three locations — Medical college hospital junction, General hospital junction and at Thampanoor.


Donovan Larsen

Donovan is a columnist and associate editor at the Dark News. He has written on everything from the politics to diversity issues in the workplace.

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