Commuters using Majestic metro station and the city bus stand will have to wait for some time before they can use the newly-constructed foot-over-bridge (FOB) linking the two transport hubs. According to officials, the FoB will be opened to the public only after lights are installed and a roof is built.
For now, commuters will have to use a walkway adjacent to Gubbi Thotadappa Road (which is not directly linked to city bus stand) or cross the busy road to reach the bus stand.
“This has to be completed as soon as possible. It will be a boon for people who are not familiar with Majestic, as they find it difficult to navigate the route between the metro station and the bus stand,” said Praveen J., a resident of Jayanagar, who travels by metro to Majestic every day.
The skywalk, once open, will have to be maintained properly, say regular commuters who are disappointed with the newly-built walkway, which is linked to the subway and connects city railway station to the bus stand, as it is occupied by hawkers.
Several people have taken to social media to express their unhappiness with the delay.
Urban transport expert Sanjeev Dyamannavar blamed the delay on poor planning on the part of authorities. "The apathy of authorities has been thoroughly exposed. Did they not they know that lighting and shelter are basic needs?”
P.C. Mohan, Member of Parliament representing Central Bengaluru, said, “A lot of work related to lighting and roofing is pending. Officials of KSRTC and BMRCL are answerable to the public.”
Acknowledging the delay, U. A. Vasanth Rao, Chief Public Relations officer of BMRCL, said work will be completed in a few days.
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