It has been over two years since the demolition of buildings and construction of viaduct for Reach 2 of Namma Metro between Magadi Road and Mysore Road Terminal started and the woes of Magadi Road residents appear to be only escalating with the work progressing at a snail's pace.
The fact that there's hardly five or six metres of space on either side of the worksite allotted for traffic on this busy road between Leprosy Hospital and Prasanna theatre makes it worse.
“The ordeal of residents and shopkeepers on this stretch of Magadi Road is only worsening ever since Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) started demolishing buildings to construct the viaduct about two-and-a-half years ago,” said Shankarappa, a local resident, who said traffic has to squeeze through the narrow space on a road that is hardly motorable.
He said metro workers take days to complete construction work, severely inconveniencing the residents. At some places the pillars have not come up and only steel reinforcements are visible. There are huge trenches to erect pillars left unattended, posing a serious danger to road users.
This state of affairs has led the shopkeepers on this otherwise busy road suffering a sharp decline in business. Said Girish, a petty shop owner: “All of us here keep our shops open in the hope that business will improve once the construction is over. But we don't know when this will happen.” He added that apart from lack of negotiating space, thick clouds of dust drive customers away.
The junction of Magadi Road and Dr. Rajkumar Road near Prasanna theatre is now a mess with incomplete digging work. BMTC buses bound for City Market from Rajkumar Road struggle to take a left here and many avoid this route, said Penchalaiah, a commuter.
BMRCL's spokesperson however denied any delay and said Reach 2 will be completed on schedule.