Skywalk in Rabale draws criticism over stuffy lifts

After the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) spent Rs 1.95 crore and laboured for three years, the skywalk connecting Rabale railway station to the MIDC area was finally inaugurated on Monday. However, soon after it was thrown open to public, Thane’s MP Sanjeev Naik raised concerns over problems of ventilation in the elevator set up for physically challenged commuters.

Interiors of the swanky new skywalk, which was inaugurated on June 24

The 37-metre long skywalk has two lifts and has been pegged to help commuters in the satellite city. The skywalk, which has been built using polycarbonate sheet for the roof, has ramps as well as railings. Talking about ill-planned ventilation system, Naik asked the NMMC officials to take notice of it and lower the temperature of air-conditioning in the lift. He further said that it would create additional problems during summer season.

Step on it: The newly-inaugurated Skywalk, connecting Rabale railway station to the MIDC, cost Rs 1.95 crore. Pic/Shrikant Khuperkar

The NMMC now plans to install exhaust fans in the lifts so that the temperature can be lowered and commuters would not feel stuffy.

Delay in permissions
A high profile NMMC official who did not wish to be named said that a lot of time was spent in attaining the necessary permissions to build the structure. One of the tedious tasks that the team encountered was to remove a high-tension electricity wire that passed through the stretch.

He also added that a lot of crucial projects get stuck due to permission delays. Even though the authority finished construction a month ago, it was inaugurated only on June 24. “The skywalk was ready more than a month ago but then the inauguration got delayed due to some reasons best known to the corporation,” added the officer.


It is so hot in the lift that I was just waiting for the door to open and let myself out.

Vijay Kamble Ghatkopar

It is a quick way up so it is not that suffocating, it is surely hot in there and if the number of people are more in the lift, it will be really difficult for people to breathe.

Rajeev Kumar, Kamothe

This is the first skywalk that I have been on that has a lift but it was a little hot inside, something should be done about the ventilation inside the lifts, though it is very useful for physically handicapped people.

Ashish Goutam, Wadala

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