Bengaluru’s Hanging Bridge Under Grip Of Peepal Trees, Issue Goes Unchecked For Decades

Bengaluru's hanging bridge that was once celebrated as an iconic landmark is facing maintenance issues now. For the past 16 years, the bridge has been struggling with the issue of growing peepal plants out of the gaps exist on its retaining walls. Though multiple development work was carried out on the bridge but the problem of growing plants left unchecked.
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Bengaluru’s Hanging Bridge Under Grip Of Peepal Trees, Issue Goes Unchecked For Decades (Representative Image)

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Bengaluru: A hanging bridge that was once celebrated as an iconic landmark in Bengaluru is under the grip of growing peepal plants. For the past 16 years in the city, the menace of the peepal trees has continued to haunt the bridge, proceeding towards KR Puram, yet the issue stands unresolved. In recent times, major road development works were carried out on the same hanging crossway but no heed was paid to the issue of growing plants from the cracks on the walls. Stressing that the bridge is a public property, commuters blamed civic bodies for its poor maintenance.
This poses a danger to the lives of commuters using the road as well as the structural integrity of the bridge. N Nagesh, president of KR Puram Auto Drivers’ Association said, “It is shocking to see many peepal plants growing between the gaps on the retaining walls. It is my appeal to the BBMP authorities that they take immediate measures to ensure no plants grow on the retaining wall. The bridge is a public property and the BBMP authorities are responsible to maintain it properly,” quoted a media report.
Nagesh pointed out that soil falls on the road from the gaps existing between the concrete slabs fixed on the retaining walls. He said that no measure has been taken to fill the gaps to stop the falling of the soil.

Locals Allege Maintenance Failures On BBMP's End

Meanwhile, a resident of Pai Layout, Suresh N, highlighted that the issue of poor maintenance of the hanging bridge has always been a cause of concern. He said earlier a railing on the bridge broke after a speeding vehicle hit it. “It took more than a year for the BBMP to address the issue. Motorists proceeding towards KR Puram had to face a number of issues to cross the bridge as its surface was full of potholes. Later, the BBMP asphalted the surface, while also developing footpaths on both sides,” Suresh added.
A motorist said that the BBMP inspects the growing plants once in a month, Bangalore Mirror quoted. Meanwhile, BBMP Executive Engineer (Major Roads) Bhagyamma said nobody had brought it to her notice. “I will send my subordinates now,” she added.
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