Days after a part of Summanahalli flyover crumbled and collapsed on the road below, Bengaluru Mayor M Gautham Kumar Sunday promised that it will be reopened after proper maintenance within 10 days. “Traffic has been diverted off the flyover on one side as of now. Our civil experts and contractors will work to ensure that the same is reopened after proper maintenance within 10 days,” said Kumar.
The incident took place on Friday evening when a portion of the flyover collapsed on the road below. But tragedy was averted with the timely intervention of the city traffic police as they cordoned off the area and redirected the traffic. The police were also instrumental in alerting top officers of the local civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).
Bengaluru city has been dogged with substandard infrastructure works, pothole-riddled roads, traffic mismanagement, waterlogging, improper waste management among other issues even as protests, both online and offline, have highlighted citizens’ plight in the Garden City of India.
According to BBMP officials, concrete slabs have come off an area of 6×4 square feet leaving a hole on the flyover. “Stagnation of rainwater in the areas have been reported recently from the busy flyover on the Nagarbhavi – Dr Rajkumar Samadhi route,” an officer said.
He added that civil experts during his inspection pointed out that the lack of proper concrete mixing while asphalting the flyover led to the problem. The nine-year-old flyover was commissioned in 2010 by the Bangalore Development Authority after the work was executed for the same from 2007. The flyover was later handed over to the BBMP in 2016.
According to BTP officials, traffic on the busy flyover has been diverted to the service road on Nagarbhavi – Yeshwantpur side allowing vehicles to proceed further.
Meanwhile, last month, at least 1,500 people had thronged the streets of Mahadevpura demanding the elected representatives’ attention to various issues, including pothole-filled roads, waterlogging, garbage menace, availability of clean drinking water, and traffic mismanagement among others.
Dressed in black, citizens held placards and shouted slogans demanding their elected representatives – from ward corporators to the MLA and the MP representing the area – to step down from office “for failing to better the living conditions for the people”.
However, Mahadevapura MLA Arvind Limbavali denied the allegations made by the protesters calling it an “exhibition of their (protesters’) political view.” He said, “Since I was elected as the MLA of this constituency, a lot of positive development has taken place and all of that is in the record. One may take a look at my social media accounts to find all records.”