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Cables removed after pedestrians express resentment

Footpaths outside the third gate of International Tech Park, Bengaluru (ITPB) are finally pedestrian friendly. Piles of OFC cables lying near the Gate 3 have been removed by Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) after more than a year of them occupying the footpath.

A techie who works at ITPL says, “The cables had been lying here for more than a year but were immediately removed after the Bangalore Mirror report. Pedestians now have space to walk on the footpath. Earlier, we had to walk on the crowded road where the traffic was chaotic. And the roads have their own issues; the potholes that have developed this monsoon only seem to be getting bigger.”

The cables had been lying here for more than a year but were removed after the Bangalore Mirror report. Pedestrian now have space on the footpath to walk, said a techie.

Techies who stay on Pattandur Agrahara Road and prefer to walk to their offices in ITPB had complained of the constant risk of having to deal with narrow footpaths, partly broken or covered with OFC cables or open drains, putting the pedestrians’ lives at risk. The adjoining roads, riddled with potholes too had pace for pedestrians, due to movement of traffic. Despite the progress, the BBMP still needs to find a permanent solution to deal with the street vendors and advertisement boards that occupy the footpaths.
However, techies are hopeful that the cleanliness of footpaths will be maintained and dumping of OFC cables will not be repeated. Since Bengaluru has a number of tech firms in the city, techies have high hopes from BBMP that the footpaths near the entrance/exit points of all tech parks will be made pedestrian friendly and be well designed. “Bengaluru is the IT hub of India and having basic infrastructure is a must. It helps maintaining the image,” says another techie.

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