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Kharghar Skywalk: A Rs.36 cr monumental waste of Public Money
With an agenda to highlight the importance of 'Nagar Raj Bill' and educate citizens about the importance of collective governance, Aam Aadmi Party keeps digging out examples from our daily life on misuse of resources and money.

The case in point here is a “Skywalk” constructed for Rs. 36 crore of Taxpayers hard earned money in over 3 years by CIDCO. This skywalk has a length of approx 1.7KM and travels from Kharghar Railway station ends at Utsav Chowk crossing Hiranandani chowk and part of Sion- Panvel Highway with a few exits and an uprising escalator at the Kharghar Railway station. This Skywalk was inaugurated with much fanfare by Sh Sharad Pawar Agri. Minister after a wait of approx. 5 months post completion , since a VIP is a must for cutting Ribbons to garner votes in forthcoming Elections.After 7 months of its opening the Skywalk proved to be a dud investment without serving any purpose or utility to public at large and only benefited the contractor , corrupt Politicians and Bureaucrats.

Skywalk has proved to be a monumental waste of money, it is barely used by 500-700 people in whole day due to its length and height, even escalator provided to lure people to use it is of no avail, The sky walk is lit whole Night and incurs an expenditure of more then Rs. 60K per month in Electricity Bills alone . Elderly/Women feel insecure to move on it during night since there is no security deployed on the skywalk .Instead of such a Phantom skywalk a couple of cross over Bridges with escalators would have sufficed the need of Commuters who cross the Highway and occasionally hit by speeding vehicles.

Who is answerable for this criminal waste of Public Money ? As the citizens raise questions, the same may be the fate of another ambitious project of CIDCO “Navi Mumbai Metro Rail ” which should not meet the same fate for want of commuters .

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