What went wrong in Bengaluru? ‘Disaster waiting to happen’ | Bengaluru News

BENGALURU: Eyewitnesses and residents at HBR Layout are in a state of shock after the tragedy. The common sentiment is that it was a disaster waiting to happen. “I noticed the structure was wobbly for the past five days. Nothing was done about it,” said Sadam Pasha, who works in the area and was among those who rushed the family to a private hospital across the road.
“It happened around 10am. The structure fell on the woman’s chest and the child, who was on her lap, also suffered a head injury. Who is going to take responsibility for the two innocent lives lost,” asked Pasha.
Angry residents and commuters staged a protest following the accident, demanding action. SJ Tholpadi of HBR Layout Residents’ Welfare Association said, “This is a case of serious negligence on the part of BMRCL and the contractor. Clearly, they have been flouting all safety measures.”

Another resident, Krishnaprasad S, said he’d crossed the accident spot a few minutes earlier and was lucky to have escaped by a whisker. “We are scared to drive on a twowheeler, car or walk past the piers ever since Metro work started. Near Hennur biodiversity park, trees have been cut down but branches are still lying around. It’s dangerous for commuters and pedestrians.”
What went wrong? BMRCL to take IISc’s help
BMRCL managing director Anjum Parwez on Tuesday said they will ask the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) to conduct a study to find out the reason for the reinforcement structure made of iron rods collapsing at HBR Layout on Outer Ring Road.
Speaking to reporters at the accident spot, he said: “All safety precautions were taken but in spite of that, the accident happened. We have to do a detailed investigation. IISc will be roped in to study the structure and give a report to BMRCL on what went wrong. We don’t want allegations of bias by doing an internal investigation.”
“Compensation will not heal the pain of the (deceased’s) family. The entire BMRCL team is in pain along with the family,” he said, adding: “We don’t compromise on quality. An internal team will decide on additional safety measures to be taken to continue with the work.
Sudden loss leaves family shattered; Granddad says will fight Metro apathy
Utterly devastated and heartbroken by the sudden loss, the relatives of Tejaswini Sulakhe and Vihan Sulakhe, who died after the reinforcement structure of the Metro pillar crashed on them at HBR Layout on Tuesday, were inconsolable.
The family had shifted to a newly bought flat in an apartment at Kalkere in Horamavu just three months ago.
Vijay Kumar Sulakhe, a retired commissioner of Gadag Urban Development Authority, and his wife Nirmala had come to Bengaluru a few days ago to spend time with their grandchildren but ended up seeing the death of Vihan and his mother before they could return home.
Vijay and Nirmala had bid goodbye to their grandchildren at 9.30am and were expecting their return by 1.30pm. But, within a few minutes, Vijay received a call from his son Lohith at 10.10am.


“My son called me over the phone, saying they had met with an accident and I rushed to the hospital. I was shocked to learn that my daughter-in-law and grandson had died. The apathy of officials cost the lives of my family members. What if more people were affected in the incident? I was told that a bus with several passengers in it had just passed by before the structure collapsed. I will fight against errant officials for their negligence,” said Vijay.
Lohith and Tejaswini, who was from Gadag, got married in 2017 and were living in Bengaluru since then. “My grandson would run to me calling me Ajji (grandmother) every time. He used to proudly show us the pictures of him and his sister on his parents’ mobiles. Who will show that much love towards me? rued Nirmala, who was sitting outside Dr BR Ambedkar Medical College & Hospital mortuary.
She said her daughter-in-law had dreamed a lot about the future of her children. “She used to say the kids would learn socializing with others if they joined preschool. The children joined the preschool 10 days ago,” Nirmala said. She regretted not asking her son and daughter-in-law not to send the children so early to preschool.
Police handed over the bodies to the family after postmortem in the evening.


Many netizens took to Twitter to vent their ire. Emon Mukherjee @Emon-Mukherjee21 tweeted: “Human life value by Bangalore Metro . , , Well done BMRCL. , , Where is accountability. , , Sad to see such news where life lost on road by pillar collapse. Just imagine if same could’ve happened with running Metro train. , , How many lives could have been lost. , , Incredible (sic). ,

Another resident Raghu @f1raghu tweeted: “What angers me is the fact that exactly same incident happened in ORR twice near Bellandur couple of months back, but BMRCL has failed to learn any lessons!!”
Died of cardiac arrest caused by blood loss: Doc.
Potholes, bad stretches, open manholes, incomplete pipeline work and recklessly driven vehicles are what Bengalureans normally look out for when on the road. Now, they will have to be wary when passing Metro’s construction sites too. Metro lines are being constructed on arterial roads to reduce land acquisition costs but that doesn’t mean the safety of motorists and road users should be compromised. BMRCL should speed up its work, but safety must be a top priority. Bengaluru deserves better.

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