Palike council approves construction of 28 skywalks

Palike council approves construction of 28 skywalks

Advertisement firms to build the facilities out of their own funds

Palike council approves construction of 28 skywalks

Notwithstanding the strong opposition from citizens and various civic groups, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) council on Thursday approved the construction of 28 skywalks in various parts of the city.

The resolution to construct these skywalks was passed despite a walkout by the BJP corporators against the alleged atrocities on their corporator Mamatha Vasudev by the Rajarajeshwari Nagar MLA Munirathna of the Congress. The resolution was passed without any discussion on the pros and cons of these structures that hinder the pedestrian movement.

These skywalks will be built on Develop, Build, Fund, Operate and Transfer (DBFOT) basis by advertisement companies. Among the 28 advertisers who came forward to construct these skywalks, at least two owe dues to the BBMP.

“We (BBMP) are not going to spend a penny on these skywalks as they will be built by the advertisement companies at their own expenses. Besides constructing them free of cost for the pedestrians, they will pay us (BBMP) ground rent every month and advertisement fees,” said Mayor G Padmavathi.

The Mayor clarified that the two companies will have to clear their dues before bagging the contract.

Ironically, these skywalks, which are said to be for the benefit of pedestrians, encroaches upon the footpath, compelling pedestrians to walk on the road.

Citizens criticise

Traffic expert M N Sreehari demanded that the BBMP should review the utility of these skywalks and the number of people using them. “Without reviewing the utility of these skywalks, how can the BBMP construct them. There seems to be some ‘special interest’ involved,” said Sreehari.

He was also critical of the skywalks being constructed on the pavements. A survey conducted by Sreehari had shown that hardly 5% of people use these skywalks during the peak hours.

Rajajinagar MLA S Suresh Kumar termed the skywalks ‘advertisement and contractor-oriented’ project, where citizens’ views are not sought before building a skywalk.

“I do not know whether the police are ever consulted before constructing them,” said the BJP leader.

Citizens’ Action Forum president D S Rajshekar observed that the skywalks are built without proper consultation. They are designed in a way that they hardly serve any purpose, he added.

Location of proposed skywalks

1. MG Road from Boulevard to Rangoli Art Centre
2. Near Nimhans, Hosur Road
3. Palace Guttahalli bus stand near Cauvery theatre
4. Near Cantonment railway station
5. ORR Lumbini Garden
6. New Horizon College of Engineering
7. KR Puram ITI Colony Gate bus stand
8. Patalamma Road near South End Circle
9. HBR Layout near Ambedkar Grounds
10. Raja Ram Mohan Roy Road
11. Gandhi Bazaar Main Road
12. Dhanvanthari Road near Majestic
13. Innovative Multiplex, Marathahalli
14. Iblur Junction
15. National Dairy Research Institute, Hosur Main Road
16. Silk Board Junction
17. Satellite bus stand, Mysuru Road
18. Dupanahalli
19. Kala Mandira, Marathahalli
20. Madivala Shopping Complex, Hosur Main Road
21. HQ-K, Cubbon Road
22. Near Bethany School, Koramanagala
23. ASC Centre, Old Airport Road
24. Central Mall, Bellandur
25. JSS College, Teachers Colony HSR Layout
26. Wilson Garden, 10th Cross
27. Near Banashankari bus stand
28. Kathriguppe (near Kamakya theatre)