BBMP sanctioned Rs. 3 crores for the construction of the seven subways in 2017 around the Vidhana Soudha which are now used as toilets or have turned into shady places.
Bengaluru: Most of Bengaluru’s pedestrian subways, are unsafe as well as a refuge for drunkards, drug addicts and sex workers. The city’s subways are of little use to the pedestrians, as they are either closed or are filthy.
Ms. Sushmita K, a student of Central College, said, “I don’t like using subways at night as I usually find a group of boys around the entrance of the subways. Apart from that, there are no lights which makes it riskier.”
Another pedestrian said, “I was walking through the subway near Chakulaya Circle where a man threatened me and snatched my bag. Since then I don’t prefer using subways.”
When The Softcopy visited the KR Circle and Vidhana Soudha, subway stations, out of seven subways in the area, only one was open, which was not suitable for use.
Mr. Raghu D., regular commuter of that area told the Softcopy, “These subways were fit ti use for few months after their construction. It has deteriorated since. BBMP states that the subways were constructed between 2007-2008 for the pedestrians. In 2017, BBMP sanctioned Rs. 3 crores for the maintenance of the subways near Maharani’s College, Nrupathunga road, KR circle, Vidhan Soudha, St. Martha’s Hospital, Basaveshwara Circle.
BBMP official said, “We agree that they are in poor condition but since pedestrians do not use them we have not maintained them. If they are keen to use it, we will definitely clean and maintain the subways. In January 2020 we are planning to sanction funds for the maintenance of the subways.”
Mr. Shubham, Civil Engineer of Larsen & Toubro, said, “Nowadays, precast segments for the structure are developing and segments should be fixed on-site so that proper level and alignment of structure are maintained. All subways should be properly ventilated and illuminated and there should be proper lights and railings in the subway.”