The newly-constructed Ponnurunni RoB may have come as solace for the traffic woes in the city by decongesting the area but hundreds of students, who study in schools close to the bridge, have been affected.
With the bridge lacking a footpath, they are forced to use the Railway track for commuting.
With the construction of the Road Over Bridge at Ponnurrunni, the Railway gate was scrapped taking away with it the facility of a railway gate man.
“Earlier, the children used to cross the Railway track, but there was no need for any safety concern because of the presence of the gate man.
Now that there is nobody to supervise the area, the children are at risk while crossing the tracks. Also, the absence of a pedestrian-walking on the bridge has left the children with no option,” said C Satheeshan, BJP Thrikkakara constituency Secretary.
There are allegations that the bridge is too narrow and two-way simultaneous movement of buses is difficult. Also, the area near the approach road at the Vyttila side of the bridge is becoming accident prone area with as many as five accidents taking place in the past two weeks.
“In four of the cases, accidents were averted but one person was injured in another incident. There are no proper signages to alert people of the presence of a byroad in the area which connects from Kadavanthara. The authorities should take active consideration of the same,” a resident said.
Meanwhile, the RBDCK has temporarily stalled collecting tolls from the bridge owing to the agitations by several political organisations.
RBDCK managing director A P M Mohammed Haneesh said the decision will have to be taken at the Corporation-level regarding the imposition of the toll for the bridge.