Sunday, March 07, 2010

Metro disturbs sleep on Kuvempu Road

Metro disturbs sleep on Kuvempu Road
SHRINIVASA M
DC | BENGALURU


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I am aware of the prob- lems faced by the residents of the area. I will ask BBMP officials to clear the footpaths at the earliest. the residents of the area. I will ask BBMP officials to clear the footpaths at the earliest.

Ashwath Narayan MLA, Malleswaram If Mahak- avi Kuve- mpu Road was made a one-way until the Metro pro- ject was complet- ed, the traffic chaos could have been prevented. until the Metro project was completed, the traffic chaos could have been prevented.

Prasanna M., student BMRCL has not made alternate arrange- ments for com- muters and pedes- trians. Pollution levels have gone up near Metro sites. ments for commuters and pedestrians. Pollution levels have gone up near Metro sites.

Prashanth Rajaram Hegde, advocate

ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE Metro Rail may soon make comfortable travel a reality for city dwellers. However, resi- dents of Devaiah Park, Harischandra Ghat, Mariyappana Palya and Navrang localities are liter- ally losing sleep over the project. Metro work in the area at night is creating such a din that they are not able to sleep a wink.
The entire stretch between Devaiah Park and Navrang Circle was once one of the busiest trading hubs in the city. The well-maintained Gayatri Devi Park, good bus connectivity, regular water supply and a pollution-free atmosphere had made the location among the most preferred residential areas of the city. But traffic conges- tion and pollution have become the order of the day due to work on Metro Rail on Mahakavi Kuvempu Road.

Despite stiff resistance from locals, land in Gayatri Devi Park has been used to build roads, ruining the serene beauty of the park.

Adding to the woes of resi- dents here, private builders have encroached upon the footpaths and the Mariyap- pana Palya bus stand has been removed. Pedestrians have to stand on the busy road to catch a bus.
Locals blame Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) for their predica- ment, maintaining that life was smooth in the area until work began on the rail tran- sit system. Soon after, vehi- cles were diverted and traf- fic snarls dogged the area.

Rajappa Dalavayi, a local trader, says developmental work has been a curse for

the area. "We agree that Metro Rail is necessary. But it is being implemented unscientifically here. As the Mariyappana Palya bus stand has been removed for Metro work, people are forced to wait on the road. If one bus or private vehicle stops to pick up someone, all vehicles between Navrang and Harischandra Ghat have to stop as the road has become very narrow," he says.
Apart from the havoc it has wreaked on the roads, residents allege that the Metro project has created noise pollution at night. Ramakr ishna Raju, a resident of the area, alleges that work goes on round the clock and resi- dents are forced to spend sleepless nights. “Even after midnight, we hear noises of cranes and concrete mix- tures. We do not know whom to approach to stop the midnight work,” he says.

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