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Bengaluru FoB Lifts Bring Complaints from Pedestrians

Despite the availability of elevator-equipped foot-overbridges (FoBs) in Bengaluru, India, many pedestrians prefer to cross dangerous, busy roads at grade level, The Times of India reports. Several reasons for avoiding FoBs were given, but chief among the attitudes expressed were that it’s usually quicker to just walk across the street. A college student who was seen crossing at grade level told the source that though many of the FoBs have elevators, they usually are large enough for only five passengers or do not function properly, leaving the only option being to climb the stairs. The student said either the lifts should be replaced with larger models, or the stairs should be replaced with escalators. Another pedestrian claimed the elevators are often turned off, only made operational during inspections. A maintenance contractor said criminal activity aboard the elevators appears to be the main reason they are turned off.

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