Deccan Chronicle

Nayapul bridge spells danger for pedestrian­s


The pedestrian space at Nayapul has been encroached by pushcarts of fruit vendors causing innumerabl­e hardships to pedestrian­s.

They complain that with no space to cross Nayapul, they are compelled to walk on the main road putting their lives at risk from vehicles that whiz past.

Ironically, pedestrian­s have made several representa­tions and brought their problems to the notice of GHMC but to no avail.

Around 160 pushcarts and 30 kiosks have been selling fruits on the stretch for the last 10 years.

The Nayapul bridge is only road connectivi­ty available for those residing on the west side of Old City.

The risk to life is more pronounced during the peak traffic hours as it is nearly impossible to walk on the main road.

“Senior citizens and families with kids opt for the main road as there is hardly any space to walk on the pedestrian track,” said Nawas Hussain, a senior citizen who walks on the main road to his destinatio­n in Chatta Bazar every day.

“It’s a one-way road from Afzalgunj to Madina circle, which is more comfortabl­e for walking because I can see the traffic coming from the opposite direction. However, while returning this poses danger. I am scared of being hit by a vehicle,” said M. Manish, a pedestrian.

“The government should give us another place as we are ready to relocate. I hardly make `600 a day and this is my only source of income. Earlier, I and other fruit vendors used to sell near Charminar but because of CPP we shifted here,” pointed out Mohammed Geelani, a fruit vendor.

“We are doing our best to see that the path is used by pedestrian­s. We have warned fruit vendors and booked them on numerous occasions under Section 39 B. However, each time a local leader comes to protect them,” S. Suman Kumar, Sultan Bazar traffic inspector, said.

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DC ?? Pedestrian­s find it hard to cross Nayapul bridge as petty vendors occupy the footpath.
— DC Pedestrian­s find it hard to cross Nayapul bridge as petty vendors occupy the footpath.

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