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Linked here are more pictures of Mumbai sky-walks taken mostly at Vakola junction, across the Western Express Highway, and leading upto Santa-Cruz station and beyond, stretching upto almost 1 Km.

The exit and entry points have both steps as well as ramps. They are fairly well patronised. Apparently, pedestrians don't mind the climb, since, once you reach the top, you generally have a hassle-free walk. (I have noticed cyclists wheeling their bicycles along these sky-walks too).

And, even with Mumbai's generally reliable power supply, they have very wisely avoided lifts/ elevators, in order to keep the project and maintenance costs low, as compared to namma BBMP's pursuits (check this), inspite of our erratic power supply, which then entails the need for gensets, in addition.

And, most importantly, their footprints on the ground are minimal, because of which they can even be routed through congested lanes.

Perhaps we could do with a few such sky-walks linking bus-stops at Domlur, Silkboard, Yeshwantpur station, Krishnarajapuram, Jayadeva Hospital, and a few such junctions.

Muralidhar Rao

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psaram42's picture

100 ft road dbl road junction at Indianagar

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There is a sky walk at this junction. Hardly any body uses this sky walk as it is tiring to climb up. People cross on the road itself, even at peak hours. The picassa pictures of Murali sir also tell the same story!!

The sky walk is used for hoardings which generate income. The governament department which has given the permission stands to gain. The revenue may or maynot be accounted in full. I have seen some beggars sleeping during night. A nice place to sleep for the homeless. 

murali772's picture

why not extend it to Domlur?

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@ Anantram  -  That's where the Mumbai sky-walks are different. There are steps as well as ramps to climb and get down, and the sky-walks cover long distances.

Now, if the sky-walk in your picture is extended upto the pavement adjoining Shanti-Sagar hotel in Domlur, I expect, it can serve a useful purpose; similarly on the other sides also.

Muralidhar Rao
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[Indiranagar 100ft road and old airport road Junction

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There is a motor able fly over at the location . A foot path for pedestrians on all leaves of the fly over can be provided. However I bet no body will walk that distance.  They are crossing on the old madras road. There are even bus stops at the junction below the fly over. This has been discussed at length before in praja. 

In my opnion Mumbai example is not relevent at all. The Mumbai example being quoted is perhaps connecting two Mumbai "local line" stations. Thse skywalks are a feature in any railway station Murali sir!!  You can find them in all Bangalore railway stations too! Another is at our Majestic Bus stand. This bus stand can be accessed directly from the busy Mejestic area and hence it makes sence. 

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murali772's picture

Silk-board jn pedestrian facilitations

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Indicated in the ppt slides here are the Mumbai type sky-walk routings I would suggest for Silk Board junction, one to the North and the other to the South.

Muralidhar Rao
murali772's picture

Domlur-IRR jn pedestrian facilitations

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The ppt slides here are the Mumbai type sky-walk routings I would suggest for Domlur-IRR junction, one on the North-West side and the other on the South-West side.

Muralidhar Rao
murali772's picture

beneficial - say citizens

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According to the survey conducted by nine students of St Xavier's College, Dhobi Talao, Mumbai, 62% people found the skywalks very beneficial and 64.8% agreed that they were very useful in commuting.

For the full report in the Mumbai ToI, click here.

I saw plenty more of skywalks in Mumbai on a recent visit, and they appeared pretty well patronised too. I expect Bangaloreans could benefit from them too.

Muralidhar Rao
abidpqa's picture

benefit pedestrians

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If a skywalk crosses 2 roads or railway track plus road, or if goes to some park, market, it gives some benefit to pedestrians.  If it is used only to cross a road like in ORR, it favors car owners, and that itelf discourages people from using it.  Another thing could be done is to lower the road so that people dont have to climb 30 feet to get on top.

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