The Coimbatore Corporation, at its urgent council meeting on Thursday, decided to ask the State Government’s Tamil Nadu Urban Infrastructure Financial Services Limited to prepare estimates for skywalks at five places in the city.

As per the resolution the Council passed, the civic body has decided to build or erect skywalks near the Coimbatore Medical College Hospital, Coimbatore Railway Junction, Ramanathapuram Junction and Singanallur Junction.

Earlier, in a resolution passed on November 30, 2011, the Corporation had decided to have the skywalks near the hospital, railway junction, and Ukkadam and Mettupalayam Road bus stands.

But following a suggestion from Mayor S.M. Velusamy, the last two places were left out of the proposal.

Then, the Corporation had also decided to approach the Local Planning Authority, or Members of Legislative Assembly, or the State Government for funds to execute the project, which had both skywalks with and without escalators.

Debate

As the Council took up the issue for debate, Ward 52 Councillor A. Nandhakumar suggested that the Corporation could also consider setting up another skywalk across the Cross Cut Road, near the Corporation’s parking lot. Mayor S.M. Velusamy immediately acceded to the demand, taking the number of skywalks across the city.

The decision to have five skywalks in the city comes close on the heels of another traffic congestion-easing measure.

The consultant engaged for preparing reports on multilevel car parking will make a presentation before the Corporation officials.

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