Hyderabad: If Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) goes about its plans then the day is not far-off when Khairtabad junction will start offering a pleasant sight with well-constructed footpaths, a permanent zebra crossing made of marble stone and a sitting area, which are all aimed at ensuring safety of pedestrians amid a beautify environ. And this will get translated within a fortnight.

The Khairtabad junction that is close to Metro station sees around one lakh pedestrians passing through the route every day, according to GHMC central zone commissioner Musharraf Ali Faruqui. He says, pedestrians will start using footpaths and zebra crossing, both of which can prevent road mishaps.

The junction will have 10 feet long footpaths stretching from the Metro station, and two sitting areas, which will be flanked by plants. A dedicated space is being made for crossing the road. Some parts of the footpath are made with percolation cement, so that water can seep inside it. The fencing will be duly painted. The Zebra crossing will be at exit ‘C’ of Khairtabad Metro Station.

Mr Faruqui said, “Instead of painting the zebra crossing, we have come up with a permanent zebra crossing. Although it costs thrice the amount it takes for painting, marble stones are worth the effort as they are one-time investment. Once this pilot project shows benefits, a similar zebra crossing will be replicated in other parts of the city.”

The construction of footpath will be completed by the month-end, he said while adding, “Before the completion itself, many people have started using the footpath. They are so designed that pedestrians will have to get down only to use the zebra crossing.”

Aiswarya Sriram

Aiswarya Sriram is a budding multimedia journalist and is currently working for NewsMeter as a "Factcheck Freelancer". A graduate from Indian Institute of Journalism and New Media (IIJNM) Bangalore, Aiswarya has earlier worked with The Logical Indian and has interned with Republic TV. Aiswarya, a Tamilian who was born and brought up in Mumbai, loves to do rural reporting. She has visited Byadgi Taluk of Karnataka, to write about the issues faced by chilli factory workers there, earlier in 2019. A craft enthusiast, Aiswarya also does quilling, painting and glass work. On her off-days, she loves to read crime-thrillers and watch anime. She primarily reports on civic issues, GHMC, human-interesting features, and fact-checking video stories.

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