As the density of traffic on city roads has increased exponentially, pedestrians put their life on the line every time they attempt to cross one. Skywalks could be an ideal solution to this urban menace, and if the central government approves a proposal submitted by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the busy State Bank of Mysore (SBM) Circle may soon have a six-lane skywalk.
The proposed skywalk will connect Avenue Road, KG Road, Dr Ambedkar Veedhi and Palace Road, and will be built at an estimated cost of Rs15 crore.
The skywalk will be of help especially for advocates, as they have to cross the busy road to get to the district and sessions court complex on the other side. In addition, many advocates have offices on Avenue Road and surrounding places, and a skywalk can save them a lot of time while going to the court.
Former MLA KN Subba Reddy had filed a petition in the Karnataka high court in 2010, seeking a direction to the BBMP for constructing an underpass or a skywalk at SBM Circle. Reddy contended that advocates and litigants were finding it difficult to cross the busy KG Road to go to the court complex. He said the delay in crossing the road was hampering their work.
Subsequently, in November 2010, the high court directed the BBMP to file its statement of objections to Reddy’s petition.
According to BBMP chief engineer (roads), S Somasekhar, the construction of the skywalk would be taken up under Jawaharlal Nehru National Urban Renewal Mission scheme.
“We are awaiting the government’s nod,’’ he said.
Once it receives the central government’s approval, the BBMP will invite bidders for constructing the skywalk.
“The contractor has to complete the construction within six months,’’ said Basavaraj Kabade, executive engineer (roads), BBMP.
Emphasising on the need for a skywalk at the SBM Circle, president of Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, R Shiva Kumar: “It would be of a great help if the skywalk connects all the important roads –Avenue Road, Palace Road, K G Road and Dr Ambedkar Road.”
Meanwhile, Reddy said the BBMP had already constructed a skywalk near Kandaya Bhavan.
“I will be happy if the proposed skywalk mitigates the problems of pedestrians,’’ he added.