HMDA is constructing two skywalks in the busy junctions of Mehedipatnam and Uppal. The Uppal Skywalk will be completed by September. On the other hand, HMDA is planning to make these skywalks more appealing by making them into shopping centers in the sky.
HMDA initially plans to set up similar shopping centers on the Mehidipatnam Skywalk. It is estimated that about 20,000 square feet of space will be available on all sides of the skywalk currently under construction in Mehidipatnam. The skywalk is being set up over a total length of 350 meters at a cost of Rs 28 crore. This allows passengers to walk on all four sides.
During the morning and evening rush hours, at least a million people can travel on the Skywalk route. The shopping centers, which are in the form of small kiosks, are particularly attractive to skywalk pedestrians. In addition to tea, coffee, and snacks, shopping kiosks will be set up to cater to small businesses that need less space.
A senior HMDA official said such arrangements would be made to make the city's skywalks more pleasant. Skywalk lanes allow pedestrians to cross from one side to the other for a short time. HMDA will get additional revenue by leasing these places to private business entities. On the other hand, it is going to be a recreation spot for pedestrians as well.