BANGALORE: A lone toilet belonging to the BBMP and being operated on contract has managed to bring the mighty Bangalore Metropolitan Transport Corporation to its knees in Domlur as entry to the Traffic and Transit Management Centre (TTMC) is being blocked by it.
Completed almost a year ago, the TTMC was supposed to serve as a stop for the huge number of buses that ply on Old Airport Road but today only about 50 buses use the depot since there is no entry to the TTMC for buses coming from Command Hospital towards Old Airport Road.
“Yes there is a toilet blocking the way, I have informed the BBMP about it and intend to take it up with the BBMP commissioner soon,” said KR Srinivas, Managing Director, BMTC. The TTMC is supposed to handle around 200 buses regularly and is currently catering only to buses coming in from Ulsoor.
However there are other problems with moving the toilet. Corporator of the ward Geetha S Reddy said, “There are good toilets within the TTMC. However there are complications since the contract on the toilet is still existing. We might have to wait till the contract lapses in order to move the toilet.”
The BMTC has repeatedly said that there is a provision for toilets inside the TTMC which can be used by citizens. “Our toilets are clean and well maintained, people can use that instead,” said Srinivas.
The delay in moving the toilet seems to be creating headaches not just for the citizens but also the traffic police. “The one way road at Shantisagar hotel junction cannot be made a two way since it is a sharp turn. Buses which will turn into the TTMC coming from Command Hospital will be endangering traffic coming the other way,” said MC Kavitha, Inspector, Indiranagar Traffic Police Station. She also added that the Shantisagar bus stop currently being used by buses is a big traffic nightmare and the cause of several traffic snarls.
“While they spent crores of rupees to build a TTMC, it is ironic that a single toilet should stand in their way,” said Sheetal, a resident of Domlur.