When the bridge was inaugurated a few years ago, it was an added advantage for those crossing the busy road near the depot. Residents said that earlier, crossing the road was a nightmare and almost impossible. With residential complexes, schools and being a heavy traffic zone, there are many commuters or pedestrian traffic all through the day.
However, a defunct escalator has made the facility difficult to use. A Chockalingam, secretary, Anna Nagar B Block Residents Association, said, that the dysfunctional escalator is only one among the other issues, “Within just a few years, so many issues have cropped up with it.
It is encroached on one side — a tin shed-like structure on the other side — making it difficult to access. There is absolutely no maintenance, and many can be seen sleeping on the bridge in the day and night. Though the overbridge benefits the residents nearby and other commuters, there is no care or concern among the officials. The approach points are also filled with manholes. How can they expect the people to use it? It is just a decorative facility without use.”
He added that such issues make people want to skip using the facility. “They would rather dart across the busy roads, putting their safety at risk. On one hand, the police are trying to make the roads safe and on the other, the civic body is making all their efforts ineffective,” he said.
Another resident pointed out that authorities have ignored the inconvenience it has been causing to the elderly population who has to take a long flight of stairs or walk down the escalators. “The foot overbridge greatly benefits students in the nearby schools, apart from the elderly.
The repair is long overdue and instead of monitoring its functioning, the authorities concerned are not bothered to repair it,” said R Lakshmi (59), a resident of Anna Nagar West. A source from Zone 8 noted that the issue will be looked into shortly, without divulging the time frame.