Kolkata: State Development minister Firhad Hakim visits the Dakshineshwar Skywalk Project site on Saturday to monitor the progress of work. Minister said that “I have made it clear that safety, security and quality should be given top priority and there should be no compromise on these three aspects,”
It is learnt that the minister expressed his displeasure over the progress of work with the state government hopeful of opening it to pilgrims before Kalpataru Utsav, an annual religious festival observed every year on January 1.
Hakim assured that the road leading to the shrine that has been damaged due to heavy rain will be repaired on a war footing. The Rs 65 crore-project will not only ease traffic congestion but will also ensures a uni-directional clash-free movement of devotees, visiting the Dakshineswar Kali Temple.
Designed by architecture firm Forum International, the 10.5 metre skywalk will offer a seamless connectivity to and from the temple. It will be bridged with elevated Dakshineswar stations both suburban and the Metro. The design structure has 12 escalators, four elevators and eight staircases to ease the walk for the senior citizen, the poor in health and specially-abled persons. The skywalk will also have space for 200 shops.