BENGALURU: A 59-year-old regular Metro commuter bore the brunt of heavy morning rush at Nadaprabhu Kempe Gowda Metro station on Tuesday. K Balakrishna Rai. 59, from Rajaji Nagar alighted at Platform 3 of the station to take a connecting train to his work place at M G Road. He had just taken a few steps when a well-built youngster rushing to board the train collided with him. Rai suffered during hip injury after he lost his balance and fell flat onto the platform.
The Accounts Officer with the Defence department is now bedridden at Hosmat Hospital and will undergo replacement of the damaged hip ball only on Monday as he is a diabetic and suffered a heart attack recently. It will take him at least three months to recover.
Speaking to Express from his hospital bed, Rai said, “I was on the train that reaches Majestic station at 9.15 am. Just after I got down and turned, a man collided against me in full force. It felt like a thunderbolt hitting you. I fell and fainted.”
Later Metro staff and security personnel helped him on to a wheel chair and arranged for an ambulance. Two co-passengers escorted him to the hospital.
Despite his condition, he was full of praise for the support rendered by Metro staffers and commuters. “When I regained consciousness, almost 50 people were surrounding me. One lady offered me water while two co-passengers escorted me to hospital. I was touched. Metro staff also called me enquiring about the surgery,” he said.
‘Peak hour rush in Metro needs to be managed’
Fifty nine-year-old regular Metro commuter, K Balakrishna Rai suffered a major hip injury after he lost his balance and fell flat onto the platform at Majestic Metro station on Tuesday.
According to hospital sources, “The patient has suffered major damage in the joint between the hip and thigh bone. The hip ball has to be replaced with a surgery to make him walk.”
Rai said, “The peak hour rush in Metro trains needs to be managed. Passengers get crushed daily inside trains.”
Asked about steps taken by BMRCL to tackle the 3.25 lakh commuters on board its trains daily, a top Metro official said, ”We have begun the queueing system. We are repeatedly pleading with passengers not to run on platforms or escalators and cause injury to themselves or others. However, many continue to do so. We are also billed as rude by passengers if we keep cautioning them.”