City footbridges have few users

By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, April 29: It is a normal sight that the footbridges in the city are rarely trod upon. Pedestrians, for reasons known to them only, are seen crossing roads risking their life and limb.
There are footbridges at Lachit gar, Shukreshwar Temple, Dispur etc., in the city. 
DCP (traffic) Amanjeet Kaur said that footbridges should have been designed to make them user-friendly. She said the fatality on roads would be drastically reduced if people started using footbridges. “The footbridges should be at places where people gather in large numbers. We need more footbridges at Fancy Bazaar and Ganeshguri. People also have to understand the use of such bridges,” she added.
City-based engineering consultant JN Khataniar, who was behind the designs of the three footbridges in the city, said that initially there had been provisions for 18 footbridges in the city. “There is no logic behind more footbridges in the city as there is dearth of space. People are not using the existing footbridges to cross roads, let alone newer ones,” he said.   

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