Bengaluru: BMRCL Allays Fears Around Metro Pillar 155, Services to Shut For Two Days for Repair Work
A routine inspection had revealed a honeycomb in the diaphragm wall of the pillar, which forced BMRCL to take precautionary measures by providing temporary support structures around the pillar.
File photo of Bengaluru metro.
Bengaluru: Pillar number 155 near the Trinity Station of the Namma Metro has been grabbing quiet a few eye balls for the past couple of days.
A routine inspection had revealed a honeycomb in the diaphragm wall of the pillar, which forced BMRCL to take precautionary measures by providing temporary support structures around the pillar. As an additional precaution the speed of the trains was also asked to be reduced.
These steps raised doubts whether travelling in the namma metro was still safe? The continous media coverage as well as speculations on social media forced the BMRCL to call for a press conference on Friday to allay all fears regarding the safety of metro structures.
"BMRCL takes the responsibility on it for public safety very seriously and no compromise is made on it. News items have drawn attention to apparent gaps between viaducts pillars, we would like to allay such anxiety arising out of lack of information. The gaps between viaducts are part of the design and well within the prescribed standards" read a statement issued by Chief public relations office, BL Yashavanth Chavan, BMRCL.
Speaking to media BMRCL MD Ajay Seth reassured that there was no need to panic: "We are preparing an action plan to be implemented but I would like to assure all commuters that all the metro structures are fully safe and all possible care is being taken."
BMRCL has now taken a decision to shut metro services on Dec 22nd and 23rd in order to complete the restoration work. Being a weekend, the metro authorities hope that inconvenience is minimised. It has also promised to help commuters by increasing BMTC services on routes in this direction.
The temporary barricades raised have reduced the space on the road which has also caused inconvenience to commuters by slowing traffic near the trinity metro station junction.
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