Aerial walkway project connecting Secretariat to Tvm city finally comes to life
Thiruvananthapuram: The proposed aerial walkway connecting East Fort- Thampanoor and Secretariat is coming back to life after it was first announced 5 years back. The preparation of the Detailed Project Report has already started.
The project report will be prepared by Cuttack-based Arkitechno consultants. They have already started inspecting the land ahead of preparing the DPR.
The project is being implemented through the Kerala State Transport Project, which is under the PWD department.
The proposed aerial walkway is from the Secretariat annex to Thampanoor (via MG road) and to Padmanabha Swamy temple through overbridge. The feasibility of the route is being inspected first. A period of 4 months has been allotted for this.
However, the walkway is expected to be completed in December. The construction will be in such a way that it would enable the passage of light metro on the same route as well. The permission of the railways and the archeological department is also required for the same.
If it is possible to construct the walkway on the proposed route, the project will move to the next phase. If not, another project report will have to be prepared.
Arkitechno has handed over the primary land inspection report to KSTP. Discussions are being held with various departments regarding this. Darlene Carmalitha Decruz, Chief Engineer of KSTP, stated that the feasibility report would be filed after submitting the proposal before various department heads.
There are several other hurdles to overcome even if the DPR is prepared. Also, the fund for the project has to be acquired through KIIFB.
M Najeeb, a shop owner in Pulimoodu, stated that people walk on the roads despite having footpaths. This leads to a lot of accidents. Pedestrians should use footpaths as much as possible.
The proposed aerial walkway is a good project. It would reduce the crowd and will offer safety for pedestrians, said Ramachandran Thampi, a pharmaceutical company employee.