It is but obvious that temples usually attract crowds and road side vendors. And one such instance can be found near Banashankari temple where the pedestrians risk their lives day in and day out in the absence of proper footpaths on this road.
The entire busy stretch is mostly occupied by either flower or fruit vendors. “With the construction of the Metro in full swing, the road is in a proper mess. The slabs too have been laid out unevenly resulting in minor injuries to people. A good footpath is a rare sight here,” said Manjunath LB, a resident of Banashankari.
Srihari L, a software employee who daily commutes on this route lamented, “We don’t know whether it is a curse as we are forced to walk on the main road that is one of the busiest traffic junctions of the city. Many a time, pedestrians risk their lives while crossing the road too.
The other major cause for concern is the Metro dump comprising mostly construction debris which has been lying on either side of the road for a long time now. Speaking on the issue, Corporator, B Somashekar of Banashankari ward said, “Last Monday, we had a ministerial inspection from the Banashankari area till the Sarakki market.
In fact, Metro authorities have requested for a month’s time to clear the dump. As for the footpath vendors, right now they don’t have any place to go. Once, they get a place to do their business, they will be shifted. Till then, one has to adjust.”