In Bangalore work on the long-pending skywalk across the busy Gubbi Thotadappa Road to connect Kempegowda Bus Terminal and Krantiveera Sangolli Rayanna Railway Station has finally begun.  But the general view is that instead of adding convenience, the proposed sky will only add to the chaos and difficulty to travel through the critical transport hub. The project, when proposed in 2014, was envisaged to integrate the footbridge of Kempegowda Bus Terminal with that inside the railway station, providing a seamless commute from the Gandhinagar-end of the bus terminal to the railway station platform. The urban commute activists have pointed out that even though the work order is issued under the public-private-partnership model by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) indicates that the skywalk would not be integrated with the footbridge of the bus terminal. At the entrance of the metro station and about 100 metres away from the landing of the footbridge the skywalk is about to come up. They added that to get to the skywalk, people would have to alight the bus terminal footbridge and cross the exit of the terminal where hundreds of buses pass by every hour. The commute on foot from Gandhinagar to the railway station already involves two subways and a footbridge. Urban commute activist Sanjeev V. Dyamannanavar said it was disheartening to see multiple agencies of the city lacking co-ordination for over a decade and failing time and again to come together to link up various transport hubs — bus terminals, railway stations and metro stations, often next to each other. “This has been the case at Majestic, Yeshwantpur, Peenya, and K.R. Puram. The full potential of these transport hubs can be utilised only if they are linked to really act as a single hub,” he said. The design and the location of the skywalk was decided earlier.

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