Nineteen new foot-overbridges are set to be constructed in the City. These will be fully funded by the corporation after the proposals failed to attract investors.
The GHMC has identified 19 places where pedestrians regularly have trouble crossing the road. In these places, foot-overbridges (FoBs) will be erected soon, with full funding from the Corporation.
Most existing FoBs in commercial areas are constructed under BOT (build operate transfer) scheme, wherein the company that constructs it holds the advertising rights for at least 10 years after completion. There are 12 such FoBs in the City that have come up in recent years, but few cater to the needs of the general public. A lot of them are rarely used. The FoBs at Dilsukhnagar, LV Prasad Eye Hospital (Banjara Hills), Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan (Jubilee Hills), Malaysian Township, Narayanamma College, NTR Ghat, Khairatabad Railway Station, Ameerpet, Begumpet, Rasoolpura and NMDC (yet to be started) are constructed under BOT.
With the traffic police identifying 19 places where FoBs are in much need, the GHMC would be taking up the work. Even though most of the proposed sites had been put forth more than a year ago, the proposals failed to attract investors, who did not find the projects viable under BOT. “Now the corporation’s sole objective for constructing the new FoBs will be to benefit people,” said D Jayaraj Kennedy, additional commissioner (electricity and advertisements).
After due consideration, the GHMC has planned to construct all these FoBs with its own money. Designs are being made keeping in mind the narrow roads in most of these places. The FoBs will be installed in phases in the coming years.
The new locations identified for the FoBs are Koti Women’s College, Rajbhavan Road (near Zikra School), General Post Office (Abids), Zoopark, Mahavir Hospital, Tolichowki, Kothaguda, Railnilayam, MGBS-Gowliguda, Hafeezbabanagar, Paradise, Himmatpura, Jubilee Hills checkpost, Afzalgunj, Shadan College (Khairatabad), St Ann’s College (Tarnaka) and Grammar School (Abids).