Rabale skywalk leaves people gasping for breath

Aug 01, 2013, 01:53 IST | Mahalakshmi Subramanian

Non-functional lifts are forcing commuters to climb 82 steps each time they want to cross the Thane-Belapur Road; those with health issues say this unwanted exertion is aggravating their condition

Those using the skywalk at Rabale to cross the Thane-Belapur Road, the out of order lift seems to be having a negative impact on their health, especially on those with health problems, as they have to climb 82 steps each time they want to cross the road. 

Making way: Commuters can be seen crossing the Thane-Belapur Road due to non-functional lifts

“It is extremely tiring to climb so many steps, especially after a hard day’s work. We end up missing trains, as it takes at least 15 minutes to cross the skywalk. The lift has been non-operational for the past several days now.

I suffer from knee pain and climbing so many stairs has aggravated the problem,” said Kiran Dharnaik, who uses the skywalk to reach the MTNL office daily.

Like Dharnaik, Mangal Kamble also complained about the non-functional lift. Kamble who works at MIDC, has been suffering from severe pain in right leg ever sine she twisted a bone in the leg a few years ago.

Out of order: The lift, which stopped working few days ago, has not been repaired yet

“There is no option, but to use the skywalk if one wants to cross the road. When I asked the watchman, he said there was some technical problem and the lift will remain non-functional until the problem is fixed. We were happy when the lift was installed, but today it is useless.”

If the non-operational lift was not enough, the slippery skywalk is adding to commuters’ woes. Though he comes to Rabale just once or twice a week, Ganesh Upadhyay said using the skywalk was a backbreaking task. “Firstly, its is painful to climb many steps.

To make matters worse, the floor gets wet due to rains. This makes its risky to use the skywalk, especially for senior citizens. This should not be the condition of a newly constructed public property,” he said.

The other side
NMMC Executive Engineer Sanjay Desai said, “Apparently, somebody hurled stones at the lift a few days ago, denting its roof. Although the crack is not that big, it is enough for rainwater to seep in.

So to ensure that this doesn’t lead to technical faults, we shut down the lift as a precautionary measure. We will do the necessary repairs and the lift will start functioning in the next two days.  

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