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MENAFN - Muscat Daily - 09/02/2014
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(MENAFN - Muscat Daily) Some visitors to Amerat Park and Naseem Gardens have complained about the lack of foot overbridges. Both parks are located close to main roads where vehicles ply at a speed of 100kmph or more. 

Narayan Kumar, a resident of Al Khuwayr, said, ''I visit Naseem Gardens regularly. I don't have a car and have to cross the road to take a taxi back home.

''Vehicles move at 100-120kmph on this road, and the lack of adequate lighting sometimes makes it difficult to spot vehicles at night.''

He said there is no zebra crossing on the road opposite to Gate 4. ''Visitors who arrive by taxis from Barka and Musannah have to dodge these vehicles to reach the venue. They also have to cross over the road divider. This makes it more risky. The municipality should invest in building a overbridge for people like us.''

Another visitor to Naseem Gardens, who did not wish to be named, said the situation is worse during weekends when the number of visitors is high. ''Visitors cross the road in big groups. This forces vehicles to slow down. But, it may not happen always.''

Kumar also said that many teenagers have turned crossing the road into a sport, and compete with each other. ''They try to cross when a vehicle is approaching. This is dangerous.''

Mohammed Khalid, a visitor to Amerat Park, said, ''This is the second year I am visiting this venue. However, nothing has changed when it comes to convenience for those without private transport. I take a taxi from Ruwi and get down across the park.

''I have to squeeze myself through the aluminium road divider to get to the other side while vehicles on both sides travel at 100kmph. An overbridge would solve the problem.''

A Muscat Municipality official said, ''We are looking into the issue. There has been a discussion about the problems visitors to both venu


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