Bengaluru: BBMP in slumber, Majestic subway turns into cesspool | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The city hasn’t received much rain in the last few days, but a pedestrian subway linking the bus and railway stations in Majestic was flooded with muddy water on Wednesday.
The garbage-filled subway across Gubbi Thotadappa Road, which connects Metro, KSR Bengaluru city station, KSRTC and BMTC bus terminals, had waist-level water, inconveniencing several commuters. TOI found BBMP officials desperately pumping sewage, garbage and other waste materials out of the subway. Officials said the subway, which is in a low-lying area, had been sealed for few months due to the pandemic.
The subway built by BBMP smacks of poor maintenance and is notorious for being unsafe for women.
Though transit agencies, including railways, KSRTC and BMTC, are operating only skeletal services, hundreds of passengers still travel between bus and railway stations. With the subway being shut, many are crossing Gubbi Thotadappa Road, jumping the median rails and risking their lives. “Neither BBMP nor the transport department is interested in making it fit for commuter use. Are they expecting us to swim through this sewage?” Ravi Kumar, a passenger, asked.
S Chidanand, BBMP joint commissioner (west), who visited the spot after receiving an alert from TOI, said the problem persisted due to lack of rainwater harvesting. “Due to the pandemic, officials didn’t pay much heed to it. We are now looking into the issue and getting it fixed.”
“Since the structure is built on a lake, it is vulnerable to flooding. We usually have a pump, but we couldn’t operate it this time,” he said. Chidananad said by Thursday morning, the issue will be fixed.

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