Bengaluru: BMRCL shifts residents from unsafe Shivajinagar buildings | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: With Namma Metro’s underground tunnelling work progressing through densely populated areas, old buildings in areas like Shivajinagar are under threat. However, BMRCL is taking measures to ensure the safety of residents and vulnerable structures along the city’s longest underground Metro corridor between Dairy Circle and Nagawara (14km).
BMRCL managing director Ajay Seth, said: “Around 4-5 days ago, there was damage to a building (on Shivajinagar-Tannery Road Metro section) due to presence of a backfilled unused open well.”
Many residents of Sultanji Gunta Road near Bamboo Bazaar say cracks have appeared on buildings. Abdul Razak, a resident said: “Water gushed into my house due to Metro work. They promised to shift us to a nearby lodge but I refused since it was used to house Covid patients.” Syed Afzal, another resident, said: “My home was damaged due to the ongoing work. I’m staying in my relative’s house now. The authorities have promised to repair it and pay compensation.”
A senior BMRCL official said they are shifting residents from unsafe structures in the area. “We are asking them to either stay in a hotel or with a relative. We are ready to bear their expenses. They can return to their houses once the work is over. We are taking all steps to prevent any loss of life or damage to buildings,” he said, adding they will decide whether to raze the structures or repair them based on the extent of damage caused by tunnelling work.
In October, a road caved in but no casualty or damage was reported. In September, a 10ft sinkhole appeared above the tunnel bored by machine Avni at Shivajinagar station. Larsen & Toubro is responsible for the section from Vellara Junction to Pottery Town. BMRCL along with L&T has deployed TBMs Avni, Urja, Lavi and Vindhya on this section.
“The expected geology in this tunnel section is about 250m in hard rock, 350m in mixed-ground conditions and about 255m in soil,” a BMRCL release had said during commencement of tunnelling work for the 855metre corridor between Cantonment and Shivajinagar Metro stations in July.
TBMs will tunnel 2.5-5 metres per day, depending on the geographical condition they encounter. ITD Cementation India Ltd is constructing a 4.6km underground section between Tannery Road and Nagawara. Afcons Infrastructure is responsible for Dairy Circle-Langford Town stretch.
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