Bengaluru: BMRCL has allayed the apprehensions of metro users regarding the safety of metro pillars and reiterated that public safety was their top priority.
BMRCL’s Chief Public Relations officer B.L. Yashavanth Chavan said on Tuesday, “There is lot of coverage on the media and social media, raising doubts in the minds of commuters regarding safety of metro structures. BMRCL wants to remove all such doubts and reiterate that safety of travelling public is our top priority.”
All the processes during infrastructure construction as per design standards are implemented to ensure that there is no compromise in operations and passenger safety.
He maintained that the state government had constituted the Task Force in 2009, essentially to advice steps to ensure quality in public constructions and on September 8, 2009 the task force visited two casting yards of BMRCL contractors and advised areas of improvement such as improving curing methods, rusting of reinforcement bars and other aspects.
Chavan said that BMRCL has complied with the observation of the task force on December 1, 2009 and implemented the improvements.
Some of the improvements included adoption of ponding on top surfaces for curing and sprinkler in hollow portions in addition to spraying of water on sloped surfaces.
The pullout tests/non-destructive tests on segments and core tests on piers were carried out through competent agencies. All the tests showed good quality as per the prescribed standards, the officials added....