Delhi

Pedestrians crossing Ring Road face another hurdle

As Maharani Bagh foot overbridge closes down due to dilapidated condition

The closing down of the Maharani Bagh foot overbridge (FOB) due to its dilapidated condition has created a dangerous situation for pedestrians seeking to cross the busy Ring Road.

The FOB which connects Maharani Bagh, Kalindi Colony to Sunlight Colony, Sidharth Basti on the other side, was closed soon after the Mumbai pedestrian bridge tragedy that claimed six people and injured over 33 others.

Unsafe zebra crossing

As an alternative arrangement for pedestrians, the authorities have created a zebra crossing below the bridge. But there is no traffic light to stop vehicles on either side of the Ring Road.

As a result, this has turned into an accident-prone zone for people seeking to cross the road.

Sanjay Kumar, a Buddhist Studies student at Delhi University, said the closing of the FOB has made crossing the road unsafe.

“I have been seeing the FOB in a dilapidated condition for the past two to three years. The authorities should have thought about the people before closing it though,” Mr. Kumar said.

A group of students from a local school who were trying to cross the road said the government should make a new FOB. “The new FOB should have facility for disabled,” said a young student from the group.

A Public Works Department (PWD) official told The Hindu that they have sent a request to the Election Commission to give permission to carry out the dismantling of the FOB.

Traffic light

On being asked why the zebra crossing created for pedestrians does not have a traffic light till now, the official said installation of traffic light does not come under them.

Special Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Taj Hassan said, “Till the time we get any information regarding the demolition of foot overbridge at Maharani Bagh, we have deployed traffic policemen at the spot to help pedestrian movement”.

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