Why ITO Skywalk is deserted?
NEW DELHI: Very few commuters are using newly-constructed ITO skywalk while it was expected that over 30,000 pedestrians will use the facility per-day. Even though India International Trade Fair is going on and two major gates are near the skywalk. On October 15, the Union housing and urban development minister inaugurated the skywalk and on the same day it was opened to the public, which was constructed at a cost of Rs 54.84 crore but commuters are hardly using the skywalk even during peak hours.
Now, Delhi government's Public Works Department (PWD) planned to install iron railing on footpaths at the busy traffic junction to prevent pedestrians from crossing the road wherever commuters want to. There are 25 major offices and other institutions located on Sikandra Road, and the ITO crossing and 'W' junction are the two busiest crossing as far as the pedestrian traffic is concerned.
Even after one month of the opening, the skywalk is still looking deserted during peak hours with only a few people using it.