New Delhi: Delhi`s urban planners are trying
to avoid building foot over bridges and would now do so only
when left with no other option.
This was revealed by Delhi Development Authority`s (DDA)
Commissioner (Planning) Ashok Kumar at a workshop organised by
the Ministry of Urban Development (MoUD).
"We now have a policy that foot over bridges would be
built only when other options are exhausted," Kumar said.
He spoke after a senior ministry official had commented
that the foot over bridges (FOBs) were very exacting on the
pedestrians who were expected to use them.
DDA officials said that as per the new guidelines issued
by Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning
and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) more FOBs would only be
allowed if they qualify a need criteria.
"Earlier there used to be lot of requests from PWD and
other departments for the construction of FOBs but now they
have to fulfill the need criteria," another DDA official told
The DDA officials also added that they were set to launch
a pilot project in an area of around 30 hectares which would
showcase how Transport Oriented Development (TOD) can be
carried out in urban areas.
"It would take 4 to 5 months before the project can take
off, the official said.