Incomplete underpass near Bengaluru’s Jnanabharathi metro station leaves commuters in trouble – The New Indian Express

ByDavid M. Conte

Sep 30, 2021

Express news service

BENGALURU: Work on an underground passage under the tracks of Jnanabharathi station that would facilitate easy access to Mysuru road from Jnanabharthi BDA Layout stopped seven months ago, causing serious inconvenience to residents of here. Compensation claims from utility agencies Bangalore Electricity Company Limited (BESCOM) and Bangalore Water Supply and Sewerage Board (BWSSB) have reportedly crippled work here.

Work on the Rs 7-crore Road Under Bridge (RUB) began on August 21, 2020 with the railways executing the project for BBMP as the bridge fell on its land. The BBMP covers the entire cost of the project. However, the work has come to a complete stop since February 28 of this year.

KM Siddaramu, 74, president of the Jnanabharathi BDA Layout Association (III block), played a crucial role in ensuring the construction of such a bridge through frequent interactions with different agencies. Although he could not be reached for comment, his son and Association member, Manjunath said The new Indian express, “Mysuru Road is only 100 meters away when using this bridge. However, this is a deadly risk for the public who use the half-full bridge to reach the other side of the road. The path currently available from the side only allows passage by one individual.

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Along with residents of the BDA network, those in neighboring networks, including the IB network and the Nisarga extension network, have been affected, he said. “Students of Darshan College and West Orchid School find it difficult to get there from this area while residents of Sri Pearl Apartment cannot even get their vehicles out,” Manjunath said.

Another resident of BDA Layout BN Suresh said residents are eagerly awaiting the opening of Jnanabharathi metro station. “Finally, when it is in place, this incomplete RUB prevented us from using it. We either have to take a 2.5 km detour through the Jnanabharati railway gate to reach Mysuru Road or travel 2 km along Dubasipalya to reach the main road.

Executive Engineer, Road Infrastructure, RR Nagar, Nandeesh said The new Indian express, “The cost of the underpass was estimated at 7 million rupees and we sanctioned it. We have already handed over Rs 3.5 crore to the railways to carry out the work. BESCOM now wants Rs 37 lakh paid to it. for moving its cables while BWSSB has requested Rs 21 lakh to relocate its pipelines. This has not been taken into account. We are taking steps to get the necessary approvals and organize these sums for them. This should be done in one week.

Despite repeated calls, none of the top railway officials were available for comment.