Each day, thousands of people from Thane commute to Mumbai. If you happen to be one among them, then here’s something to be happy about.
A one-of-its-kind skywalk connecting the two cities across the creek has been sanctioned.
Here are five things you ought to know about it :
1. This is the country’s first skywalk that will be connecting two cities–Mumbai and Thane. Estimated to cost approx Rs 23.25 crore, it will ease the burden of the commuters, while crossing the railway tracks.
2. 605-m long and 145-m wide, it will run parallel to the railway tracks currently being used by the pedestrians. It is going to be the first to span a creek as well as connect cities.
3. Scheduled to be completed by March 2019, this project was initiated as part of the anti-trespassing measure being undertaken by the Railways. In a report published by Mid Day, an official with the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA), explained, “Right now, commuters cross the tracks to avoid a 20-minute walk. The proposed skywalk will take just five minutes to cross.”
4. Once constructed, it will also drastically reduce the number of accidents and deaths that crossing the railway tracks on foot brings about. The casualties along this stretch are so high that Thane features in a list as the third-highest number of railway deaths in 2018 alone. The skywalk will surely help change that.
5. With a great design in place, it boasts of elevators and seating arrangements for senior citizens. Equipment for firefighting, service ducts along the walkways and clear signage boards will also provide necessary guidance to users. It will also provide relief to commuters during the monsoons, especially with the installation of anti-skid flooring that will prevent mishaps.
If you know anyone who will benefit from this news, do let them know today!
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)