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Poorly-lit underpass at Bommanhalli, increase in crime

Image Credits: Abhishek Mitra

By Darshan Baid
Bangalore
, Sept 20: Five incidents of chain snatching and three cases of eve-teasing at the poorly-lit Bommannahalli underpass have been reported in the last three months, police say.


The underpass in Bommannahalli has had very few lights since February 2016 and power supply has also been erratic, say residents.

People, especially women are afraid to use the underpass after dark. Khudus, 55 the security guard employed by the Bangalore Development Authority, says that during power cuts he does not have torch lights to ensure safety in the under pass. Several complaints were lodged in the past five months. Aarti, 19, a student, of Government Art college said that she had faced eve-teasing while crossing the underpass. She also said that she has lodged various complaints in Bommanahalli police station.

 


Muthappa, 42, is the Supervisor of the under-pass who is under a contract from BTL, a company maintains cleanliness in the underpasses.  He said that he hasn’t received complaints regarding the underpass in Bommanahalli.


Dr. Ajai Chandran , who work as the Dean of the BGS School of Architecture & Planning, said that underpasses should follow certain norms related to hygiene and safety of the commuters. He also said that certain strategies are to be made to overcome the grievances of the commuters. He added that that people who hang around in the underpasses without any particular reason need to be monitored.

 

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