Dismissing a writ appeal filed by the civic body over the installation of the skywalk, a division bench headed by Chief Justice Prasanna B Varale pointed out that the writ appeal filed by BBMP was tantamount to “a somersault”.
The civic body had claimed in its appeal that there is already another skywalk nearby (Gali Anjaneya temple) and hence, the present one is not necessary.
Pointing to the fact that the records do reveal that BBMP itself had in fact planned to install two skywalks in the vicinity, the division bench noted that as per the latest report, about 80% of the work has been completed (except installation of lifts) and in the backdrop of it being one of the busiest roads of the city, the skywalk would help the passengers reach the bus stand. On June 17, 2022, while allowing a petition filed by M/s Shakthi Developers Private Limited, a single bench had directed that the work of installation should not be hampered/obstructed/objected by any agency of the state. The petitioner was told to complete the project in four months.
The single bench had also opined that the respondent authorities (BBMP) had blissfully ignored the problems faced by the petitioner in establishing the skywalk and cancelled the contract at their mere whims and fancies. It was also noted that the delay had occurred on account of frequent objections raised by KSRTC. The tender for this work was invited in December 2016 on design, build, finance, operate and transfer basis for 30 years. After delays, the ground-breaking ceremony was held in March 2018. Owing to a series of objections raised by KSRTC, the skywalk could not be completed and the December 23, 2019 and January 7, 2020 orders, cancelling the contract and forfeiting the firm’s bank guarantee amount, respectively, came to be passed.