Bellandur blunder: Youth dies in accident on Outer Ring Road, locals blame abscence of skywalk
A 19-year-old man in Bengaluru died last week when he was crossing the Outer Ring Road. Earlier, people have asked government to construct skywalks, but nothing materialised.
Nineteen-year-old Sanjay who worked as a security guard at the Akme Harmony Apartments in Bellandur died last week when he was hit by a speeding car as he tried to cross a road.
Several others have also been injured while crossing the Outer Ring Road (ORR) and the situation has been the same for a few years now in the city of Bengaluru.
People have protested on the Outer Ring Road demanding the construction of a skywalk. Their main slogan was, "We must have a skywalk, and we want justice for Sanjay."
Odette Katrak, a citizen volunteer and resident of Bellandur is worried for her family's safety every time they have to cross the road. "My daughter is 20-year-old and she crosses the road every day, it is absolutely a nightmare," she tells India Today.
The Detailed Project Report (DPR) clearly mentions that four skywalks from Iblur to Marathahalli are to be constructed but these are nowhere in sight.
The residents only want the government to construct what has been assured to them in this report.
Speaking about the young security guard's death, another resident Larisa says that after the accident took place, "He was there on the road for about 40 minutes and even our head security guard struggled to get him back due to the traffic."
Priya Ramamurthy, a local resident who was present at the protest says that the officials have promised the residents that they will be deploying two constables to help them cross the road. However, she is skeptical if this will solve the problem.
She said, "We just want a skywalk but they are giving a lot of excuses like to wait till the metro is ready but we do not know when that is going to happen."
2015'S INFAMOUS HEBBAL CROSSING ACCIDENT
The demand for the skywalks picked up pitch after the Hebbal crossing incident. In February 2015, a speeding water tank rammed a group of people.
In the accident, two people died and three were seriously injured in Bengaluru.
The driver of the tanker increased speed to cross the signal before it was to turn red. That is when he lost control and rammed the pedestrians crossing the road.
The people who died on that day included a student. The deaths could have been avoided if there were a skywalk there.