BENGALURU: Byappanahalli and are the busiest in the city. Yet, facilities for pedestrians heading to and exiting the stations seem to be the last priority of agencies due to poor coordination between them.
Eight years after it opened, is yet to get a (FOB) for pedestrians crossing the accident-prone Old Madras Road. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) is building another FOB connecting either side of Gubbi Thotadappa Road. BBMP officials said they will open the overbridges only after the Lok Sabha elections.
Byappanahalli, which is the terminal station on the Purple Line, sees a large number of passengers, particularly software engineers working in Whitefield, ITPB and Bellandur. But commuters say their demand for an FOB on Old Madras Road remains unheard by the authorities. Traffic police records show Old Madras Road in KR Puram traffic police limits is among the stretches most vulnerable to accidents.
“It’s too risky to cross this busy road, particularly during peak hours. The BBMP has started the FOB work, but is yet to complete it. Pavements in front of the station have been encroached upon by cabs, autos and BMTC buses,” said Aswathy Narayanan, a Metro passenger on Old Madras Road.
At Majestic, BBMP is building an FOB across Gubbi Thotadappa Road in front of Majestic (interchange) Metro Station. Activist Sanjeev V Dyamannanavar said an underground subway directly connecting the Metro station to KSR City Railway Station would have been a better choice. “How can you expect a passenger with luggage to climb an FOB to cross the road and then further walk to the railway/Metro station,” he asked.
At present, pedestrians moving between Majestic and KSR stations have to either cross the busy Gubbi Thotadappa Road on foot or use the existing subway at Majestic that connects bus terminuses and the railway station. Many commuters are reluctant to use the subway since it’s poorly lit, stinks and has been occupied by hawkers.
A senior BBMP official said: “Both FOBs are being constructed on a PPP basis. At Majestic, the foundation work is complete and the structure will be erected in 20 days. In Byappanahalli, foundation work is going on. Both will be opened to the public only after elections due to the model code of conduct.”
BMRCL yet to provide escalators
The newly opened foot overbridge, connecting platform no. 10 of KSR railway station with City Railway Metro Station on Purple Line, is a nightmare for senior citizens, differently abled and passengers with luggage. Reason: BMRCL is yet to provide escalators at their station to access the overbridge.
BL Yashavanth Chavan, chief public relations officer of BMRCL, said testing of an escalator has been done. “It will be commissioned after getting clearance from the department of electrical inspectorate,” he said, adding they’d consider installing additional escalators at the station.