Provision of Skywalks for Pedestrians on ORR using Namma Metro Infra in Bengaluru
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The Managing Director
BMRCL, BMTC Complex,Shantinagar
BBMP, Hudson Circle
Namma Metro in Bengaluru is expanding its coverage . Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) as part of its Expansion in Bengaluru has proposed a new line of 17 kms from Silk Board to KR Puram under Phase II (A). This network would pass through the Outer Ring Road (ORR) and thus would provide convenient access for commuters to companies and residential areas located on this stretch. This is the first stretch which is being funded under the corporate funding policy in the country. The ORR is one of the fastest growing commercial space in India .
The stretch of ORR from Hebbal to Silk board also connects two important National Highways viz Bellary road and Chennai road which form part of the Golden Quadrilateral Highway network . Thus this stretch witnesses heavy traffic in Terms of lorries , multi axle container trucks in addition to city traffic as no alternative road exists for them to bypass Bengaluru, as the proposed Peripheral Ring Road is still yet to be constructed. It is a challenge for pedestrians to cross this road.
Namma metro has proposed that the metro would be built on the median of ORR and a total of 13 stations would come up on this stretch with interchanges at Silk Board and KR Puram . The stations would have facilities like stair cases and elevators ; metro commuters would be able to exit the stations to either side of the ORR in a convenient manner (DPR 4.1.14) . A connecting bridge too would be provided for interchange of commuters from one platform to another platform as part of the facilities to the commuters. The cost of the project Is envisaged to be Rs 4200 Crores.
It is pertinent to note that this 18 km stretch of ORR has just one skywalk at RMZ Ecospace for pedestrians to cross this ever busy stretch. Pedestrians have a harrowing time to cross the ORR in absence of proper facilities . The lack of facilities has also been acknowledged by officials and government authorities.
Many deaths have been reported and the recent tragic death of Sanjay in Bellandur was widely reported and the proactive approach of citizens has culminated in the sanction of a skywalk which would interconnect with the proposed metro  . Similar request for skywalks by the students of New Horizon College of engineering is also pertinent . BMRCL has proposed to incorporate suitable changes in the design and thus have a walkway limited to connecting three stations Kadubeesanahalli, Kodibisanahalli and Bellandur allowing access for pedestrians which is a proactive step for the safety of pedestrians in this area. However, excepting these three stations there is no plan for providing safe access for pedestrians to cross the ORR at other locations. Also BBMP has not planned for any skywalks on this stretch of ORR.
It is pertinent to mention that BBMP has been proactively working with BMRCL in addressing commuter problems . BBMP has provided funding of Rs 100 crores for construction of new flyover from Ragi Gudda to Silk Board which is being implemented by BMRCL at a cost of Rs 800 Crore along with Line 5 of Phase II. Thus vehicular traffic which was blocked at silk board would now flow Smoothly onto ORR at increased speeds. This would further put pedestrians at risk on ORR beyond Silkboard.
The station design and construction of all metro stations on the proposed line on ORR be taken up in a holistic manner so that non commuter pedestrians too can access the metro facility to cross the ORR safely at the station location which are 1 km apart. This would thus provide incentive to citizens to safely access public transport and offices on ORR as a last mile link.
BBMP can partner with BMRCL for construction of skywalks / walkways or any other suitable mechanism and integrate with the station design of metro line on ORR thus providing safe access to pedestrians to cross the ORR. BBMP can pool funds as has been done for flyover from Ragigudda to Silkboard.
Further the system of skywalks and walkways should be integrated with the metro stations in all future construction of Bengaluru metro so as to provide easy access for both commuters and pedestrians to cross the arterial roads safely.
I appeal to everyone to sign this petition to impress upon the BBMP, BMRCL and GoK to provide facility of pedestrian skywalks integrated with the stations in the ORR line of Bangalore Metro so as to help pedestrians to cross ORR safely . Further these facilities should be provided as a standard operating procedure across ALL future metro constructions in Bangalore . No one should have to lose a loved one under the circumstances of crossing a road.
 Growth of ORR
 BMRCL Plan
Cdr Ganapathi Subramanyam (Retd)
Citizens of Bengaluru
& Other concerned persons
1. The Honorable Chief Minister,
2. The Honorable Minister for Bengaluru Development and Planning
3. The Worshipful Mayor
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