By 2009-END, the thousands of people working in the Thane Belapur belt will not have to cross the busy highways to reach railway stations and bus depots.They can use the five state-of-the-art skywalks that have been planned in Navi Mumbai."These skywalks are being constructed to ensure safety for pedestrians, while providing them modern facilities and a great experience, "said NMMC Standing Committee chairman Sandeep Naik. The ultra-modern skywalks will also be landmarks for the city. The modular skywalks, each costing about Rs 4 crore, will be built by the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) at strategic location. The civic body is roping in industries in the area to finance the projcts.Four of the skywalks have been planned on the busy Thane-Belapur Road-at nerul stadium, Koparkhairane railway station, Ghansoli railway station and Airoli railway station. The fifth skywalk will come up on to the Sion-Panvel highway near Vashigaon. It will be designed to serve as on entrance gate for the city."In this year's budget, we had allocated Rs 5 crore for skywalks and Rs 5 crore for aGrand entrance to the city. We plan to combine both so the the found can be better used," said naik.The skywalds will have elevators, staircases and ramps to ensure easy access for all even those with luggage. There are also plans to use solar panels to generate power and ensure minimum use of electricpower in the wll-lit skywalk."We expect permissions to come in the next couple of months and the work order to be issued soon after. The actual construction will take eight month. hence by the end of 2009, the sky walds should be ready, Said Naik. The NMMC plans to patent the design that has been proposed by an agency, the Firm. "The skywalks will be eco-friendly, built with the use of recyclable and transparent materials such as steel and glass and ploycarbonate sheets that will also allow natural light," said Sandeep Ghose, a senior official from the Firm.