Rejuvenation of Skywalk at Kharghar

Context

CIDCO has developed a 1.7 kilometre long skywalk at Kharghar Node from the Kharghar Railway Station to various points in Kharghar including across the Sion-Panvel Expressway via a suspension bridge. The daily pedestrian footfall is currently only around 5000 as against the 15000 that it was designed for.

Objectives

  1. A rejuvenation scheme is envisioned to increase the use of the skywalk.
  2. Care should be taken that the proposal would not infringe on the required walking space and functionality of the skywalk.
  3. No structural changes are permitted to the skywalk.

Scope of Work

  1. Footfall survey and projection
  2. Assessment of space requirement according to current and projected use
  3. Interventions for improving footfall
    • a. Activation/programming of the skywalk
      • i. Art installations & interactive exhibits geared towards generating public awareness regarding social issues and current affairs
      • ii. Socio-cultural activities
      • iii. Free (but limited) Wi-Fi Connection
      • iv. Train Schedules displays and additional signage at the access points and throughout the skywalk
      • v. Advertisement hoardings
    • b. Improving safety on the skywalk
      • i. Women and child safety
        1. Improved and uniform illumination
        2. Visual access and monitoring
      • ii. Physiological safety on bridge
        1. Wind buffers
        2. View dampeners
    • c. Improving accessibility of the skywalk
      • i. Placemaking at vomitories through seating, landscape etc.
      • ii. Improvement of space under length of skywalk
    • d. Sustainability – (Phase II)
      • i. Green Roofing
  4. Revenue Generation Plan
  5. Self-Financing and Operating Plan
  6. Program Implementation Plan

Care should be taken that none of the proposals infringe on the required walking space and functionality of the skywalk. In addition, no structural changes are permitted to the skywalk.