In order to help the pedestrians
cross the busy city thoroughfares easily, the state government has
granted administrative sanction to construct foot over bridges with
escalators at seven points across the city.
A go ahead has been given to the highways department to a proposal
submitted by the metro division of the highways. The work will be
carried out at an estimated cost of Rs. 28 crore, with financial
assistance from the World Bank.
Two such bridges will come up near Chromepet GH and MEPZ on GST
road, one at Vaishnav College on the Poonamalee EVR High Road. Two
foot over bridges with escalators will come up at IT corridor near
TCS and Perungudi junction. A bridge will come up at the Inner Ring
Road near SBOA school and another will be constructed at the Velachery
The escalator will have a folding-type ramp instead of staircases,
so that elderly people, women and children will be comfortable using
it. This decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by chief
secretary S. Malathi. Tenders will be invited by the highways department
for construction of these bridges after finalizing the design.