BENGALURU (Metro Rail News): Seepage at Majestic underground Metro station is troubling Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited once again following the recent heavy rain. Kempegowda Majestic Interchange, which has been operational since 2016, sees the highest footfall. It is also touted to be one of the biggest Metro stations in the country with world-class facilities. Yet, this is not the first time the station faced leakage problems.
At the underground and elevated stations, buckets are placed at several places whenever it rains heavily.BS Chandrasekhar Rao, who worked with various urban transport and mass rapid transit systems, said.
“There seems to be extensive and widespread leakage of water and dampness on the walls. This is indicative of a major problem somewhere. There can be numerous causes for water leakage and seepage, and it is difficult to discover because the source of the leaking water and its manifestation can be too wide apart and water can travel long distances before it expresses itself”, he further added.
BMRCL chief public relations officer BL Yeshwanth Chavan said: “Ground-level water seeps. Grouting work which was done earlier is on.” It appears that water is leaking through the construction joints. Maybe the joints needed better attention during construction,” said a civil engineer. “There could be multiple reasons. The city received heavy rainfall for the past few years, so there is a possibility of rainwater not getting drained”, Prof Ananth Ramaswamy, a civil engineer at Indian Institute of Science (IISc) was stated saying.
“Neither officials nor contractors are held responsible for the poor quality of civil work and maintenance. We want central and state governments to conduct a probe and take action against the guilty,” said Suryanarayana Murthy, vice president, Bangalore Metro Rail Employees Union.