FoBs – Foot-over-bridges have finally started to come up in different parts of the city promising to provide a much-needed facility for pedestrians in crossing the roads safely and comfortably.
Last year, the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) has planned nine FoBs under Public Private Partnership (PPP) mode. These will be equipped with lifts, surveillance cameras, drinking water facility and other amenities.
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At present, works are on at Greenlands, HPS Begumpet, Allwyn Crossroads, Forum Mall, KPHB, Manjeera Mall, KPHB, and RS Brothers, Ameerpet.
Though the municipal corporation had set up three facilities for pedestrians at Kukatpally Housing Board bus stop, Miyapur crossroads and NSL Divyasri, Raidurg, others could not be completed as per schedule.
FoBs – Foot over Bridges
There was a delay in shifting the utilities. This apart, there were Assembly elections, and staff were deployed on different duties, said an official from GHMC.
The demand for FoBs in different areas has been increasing. The Federation of Associations of Colonies and Apartments (FACA) has been demanding the civic body to set up a foot-over-bridge at HPS, Begumpet.
Residents at Shyamlal Building, Mayuri Marg and surrounding areas had been facing inconvenience in crossing the main road, particularly at the traffic signal near HPS Gate 3, said FACA secretary V Kamesh Babu.
Depending on the location and size, each FoB is being constructed at a cost of nearly Rs 1.5 crore. Under the PPP mode, the corporation is providing the land while the selected agency has to bear the construction cost.
The agency will generate revenue through advertisements on the structures and will also be entrusted with the operation and maintenance of the FoBs.
“Nearly 70 per cent of works have been completed and in a couple of months, all these FoBs will come into operation,” said the official.