Commuters on Mysore Road have been complaining about the poor condition of roads due to Metro work. Several accidents were reported on this stretch.
By Jagriti Parakh
Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) has been delaying the road restoration work near Nayandahalli bus stand (Mysore Road metro station) since 2015. The concrete pavements, roads, drains, etc—that were bulldozed for construction of metro line for reach 2 between Mysore Road and Magadi Road—have not been reconstructed.
The poor condition of roads is affecting pedestrian and driver safety in that area. Over 47 pedestrian and vehicular accident cases have been reported on that stretch in the past six months.
Rohith Kumar, who recently met with an accident near Mysore Road metro station, said, “I was walking on the rugged median strip under the metro over-bridge when I suddenly tripped on the construction debris lying on the path. I fell on the road and a car was approaching. Thankfully, the driver pulled the brakes and I escaped death by a whisker.”
Suman Srinivas, who boards the metro from Mysuru Road station daily, said, “I come here twice, daily. I have seen many mishaps due to incomplete road work. I drive from my home in Giri Nagar, it’s a very bumpy ride. It has been four years since the metro commenced, but post that, BMRCL has not shouldered its responsibilities.”
Reach 2 of Namma Metro commenced operations on November 16, 2015. Many people have complained about the remaining restoration work in the area after the construction of the metro line.
B.L. Yeshwanth Chavan, Chief Public Relations Officer, BMRCL, said, “We had restored the road infrastructure in the area, but soon after when BWSSB dug the roads near the metro to fix the pipelines, we had to strengthen concrete columns.”