Metro pier foundation suffers damage due to collapse of drain retaining wall.
Yet again Namma Metro pillar is in news. This time metro pillar at Ulsoor seems to be facing threat due to the BBMP’s drain work, which is under progress!
Due to the collapse of retaining wall of major stormwater drain (raja kaluve) at Ulsoor, the foundation of metro pier at the Ulsoor metro station is alleged to have suffered damage.
BBMP had taken up desilting of the drain and when the work was in progress a portion of the retaining wall collapsed leading to alleged damage to the metro pier.
Since the reinforcement provided to the pier at the foundation level is exposed and continuous flow of water in the drain is causing fear of weakening the strength of the pillar.
BMRCL Managing Director Anjum Parvez visited the spot and directed the officials concerned to rebuild the wall at the earliest.
Further, he directed metro authorities to reduce the train speed to 25 kms as against the usual speed of 35 kms per hour between Ulsoor and Indiranagar metro stations.
Urban experts suggest that both BMRCL and BBMP must take up work jointly at areas where both departments’ interest is involved. This avoids confusion as well as possible damage.