Dwarka subway now open to public

August 13, 2013

Santosh Sonawane, TNN |

NASHIK: Citizens would no longer have to fret about walking across the busy eight-lane Dwarka junction as district guardian minister ChhaganBhujbal on Saturday inaugurated the Dwarka Subway that was under construction for more than two years.Nashik Lok Sabha MP Sameer Bhujbal also attended the inauguration function.

The guardian minister said the subway would be a great utility for the pedestrians, especially school students, who previously had to walk across the busy eight-lane Dwarka junction each day.

He added that measures would be taken for the subway’s maintenance and security personnel would be deployed to prevent any untoward incident and encroachment.

Chhagan Bhujbal also spoke to police officials about security in the subway. Bhadrakali police station’s senior inspector Ramesh Patil said, “The guardian minister and I discussed the need for installing gates at the subway’s five entry and exit points, which could be shut at night. The police have already asked the company that constructed the subway to construct the gates.”

The MP, on his part, suggested the subway’s 165-metre long and 3.5-metre high walls could be painted on by artists.

The subway’s construction work began around May 2012 and frequently caused traffic snarls at Dwarka intersection. The activity left only about 30% of the road for vehicles to pass. The 6.1-km elevated corridor was also being constructed around the same time.

The subway has been constructed as pedestrians had to cross the four lanes each of the highway and the service road at Dwarka junction. Also, the four ramps at the junction are used by heavy vehicles for ascending or descending the elevated corridor.