Subways and the Pune: The dirty picture
The PMC has been investing crores of rupees in subways, which are supposed to provide pedestrians a safe way of crossing roads
Yet it is observed that in terms of safety, accessibility, visibility and other pedestrian-friendly parameters, most subways fail to serve their purpose. They are poorly designed, particularly for children and the elderly, and pedestrian prefer to cross roads on the surface.
Despite most subways turning out to be failures, the PMC annual budget indicates it is intent on building more foot under bridges (FUBs) and foot over bridges (FOBs).
The annual budget for 2010-11 lists no fewer than 11 FUBs, three FOBs and two skywalks, costing nearly Rs 40 crore. Here is a look at the existing important subways.