Bengaluru Metro tunnelling: Slurry enters Shivajinagar house, family shifted; second incident in same area in one week | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: Hardships due to Namma Metro’s tunnelling work appear to be never ending for Shivajinagar residents.
On Monday night, slurry gushed into a house on Shivaji Road near Government VKO School reportedly due to the underground work.
Mohasin Samad, the affected resident, told TOI: “We are a family of five including a 58-year-old differently abled female member, who is on oxygen support. Our floor has been completely inundated. Most household items, including furniture, have been damaged. We’ve shifted to a neighbour’s house. It’s also difficult to face this situation during a pandemic. But we have not received any intimation about this work from BMRCL or the contractor.”
Following the incident, Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited (BMRCL) officials visited the place. “The leakage occurred at 11pm on Monday. Slurry has been cleaned and necessary grouting has been done. The occupants have been safely moved out. The leakage to the surface is due to unconsolidated sandy clay strata in this area,” said BMRCL public relations officer BL Yeshwanth Chavan.
This is the second incident in the same area in less than a week. On Wednesday, water gushed into the ground floor of a three-storey building on Shivaji Road. In the past too, damages to buildings and road cave-ins have been reported during tunnelling work.
Nafeesa Khan, social activist, said: “These things are regularly happening in this area. BMRCL should conduct a survey to identify vulnerable and weaker buildings. Most residents in the area are having sleepless nights as they fear something could go wrong. BMRCL should form a committee with members from residents, contractors and engineers. They should rehabilitate the residents till the work is over.”
“BMRCL is taking all preventive measures. We had identified the unsafe structures in areas through which tunnel boring machines are passing. We’re taking all efforts to minimise the hardship to the residents. There is no need to panic” said Chavan.

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