Urban planners and consultants are finally studying the feasibility of building foot-overbridges (FOBs) at Chennai’s Alandur and Arumbakkam stations which opened on June 29 as part of the first stretch of the Metro. These stations are located along busy roads – the GST Road and Jawaharlal Nehru Road respectively, which makes it essential to have a pedestrian crossing for safe access & smooth passenger movement. This is something that should have been planned at least a year ago, but for unknown reasons has only now started to materialize.
The detailed project report (DPR) that examines the feasibility of setting up the FOBs is in its final stages of preparation and will soon be submitted to the Chennai Metropolitan Development Authority (CMDA) for their approval and input. Infra Support Engineering Consultants – the design consultants are currently discussing the alignment & revisions and hopes the get the Study Review Committee’s approval soon. They have already received the nod from Chennai Metro Rail Ltd. Hopefully these FOBs get approved and built before someone gets hurt.
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