Patna to have Over-bridges with Escalators under the Smart City Plan

Pana Divisional Commissioner Anand Kishore looking for suitable spots for pedestrian over-bridges in Patna.

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Patna: With the talks of Patna becoming a 'smart city' going on for nearly two years now, Patna Divisional Commissioner Anand Kishore, who is spearheading the 'Smart City' project for the state capital, on Monday visited a number of places in an attempt to identify spots for new pedestrian over-bridges and even elevators at key locations in the city.

Accompanied by Traffic Superintendent of Police (SP) P N Mishra, Patna Municipal Corporation (PMC) Chief Engineer Ashok Kumar Singh, and representatives of Eptisa, a Spanish firm roped in for consultation work, Kishore identified four spots in the state capital where foot over-bridges might come in the future – Dak Bungalow Crossing, Income Tax Building Roundabout, Kargil Chowk at the north-eastern end of the Gandhi Maidan, and St. Xavier's High School at the north-western end of the Maidan.

Anand Kishore near Kargil Chowk in Patna on Monday.

Except for the last one due to high children traffic, all other over-bridges would have escalators for the convenience of the pedestrians," Kishore said adding while four escalators will be installed at the Income Tax Building Roundabout, five will be installed at Dak Bungalow Crossing, and six at the Kargil Chowk.

Similar facilities will be installed at six other locations in Patna in the second phase following the completion of the first phase.

The Development Commissioner, however, did not offer a timeframe within which the first phase would begin or end.


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