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IIMA's Private Pedestrian Underpass
"The Institute and the architect were clear that the underpass was meant only for pedestrians-the design would have to prevent powered two-wheelers from entering the underpass."
IIMA's 100 acres are divided into parts, an 'Old' campus of roughly 65 acres and a 'New' Campus, by a highway-the 132-feet Ring Road. But the two parts are connected by a pedestrian underpass that is unique-it is a private underpass. The design of the underpass was first presented to IIMA's Building Committee on September 26, 2001 by Dr. Bimal Patel, the architect who had been selected to design the New Campus (Figure 1). The Institute and the architect were clear that the underpass was meant only for pedestrians-the design would have to ensure that powered two-wheelers were prevented from entering the underpass. However, there was a long delay in obtaining the Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation's (AMC) approval for the underpass. Perhaps the private nature of the underpass posed a problem! IIMA members were finding it difficult to cross the highway since it was becoming increasingly busy. Finally, on May 23, 2003 the Institute received permission to construct the underpass. However, it was too late to start the work due to the approaching monsoon season.
The construction of the underpass was a challenging project that required meticulous planning, precise execution, and seamless collaboration among various stakeholders (Figures 4 and 5). The underpass was inaugurated on September 27, 2004, facilitating pedestrian movement between the two campuses (Figure 6). Since its inception, the Underpass has been a hub of activity on the IIMA campus, used during all hours of the day.
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