Bridge to link Majestic Metro and bus station in the offing


3 bodies will share the cost, finish work in 45 days.

Pracheta Panja

Bangalore, January 18, 2018: A steel bridge will soon connect the Kempegowda Majestic Metro station and the adjacent bus station, making it easy for the people to walk between these places easier for commuters.

U A Vasanth Rao, Chief Public Relations officer of Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL), said, “The decision to build a footbridge has been taken by BMRCL, Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) and Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) . The project has been approved and the work process is about to start.”

After a detailed discussion, the three transport corporations decided to finish work within 45 days.

“The expenditure of the project will be divided among the three corporations,” Vasanth Rao added.

Kempegowda Bus Terminal. Courtesy- Akansha Soni

Hundreds of buses, both city and inter-city, leave and arrive at the Majestic bus station, the largest bus station in Bengaluru. Kempegowda Majestic station is one of the busiest Metro stations, with the east-west Purple line and the north-south Green line intersecting there.

A person walking from the bus station to the Metro station, and vice-versa, has to traverse a road where arriving buses turn in. Autorickshaws and hawkers block the road that leads to the Metro station. The potholed road gets worse when it rains. The elderly find it difficult to walk on the road.

Late last year, BMRCL workers launched a signature campaign to demand the construction of the bridge. “Passengers are willingly signing,” a BMRCL worker who requested he not be named had then told Newsnet.

Priyanka Prakash, a BBA student who travels by bus daily to catch the Metro from Majestic said, “It will, of course, save my time and effort.”

Another commuter, Moumita Banerjee, said, “When it rains, the bus stand area becomes horrible with mud and water. A footbridge will save us the inconvenience.”

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