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NGT extends stay on Bengaluru steel flyover works

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) advocate petitioned to vacate the order of injunction imposed by the NGT on October 28, but the request was turned down by the court

The National Green Tribunal on Friday extended the stay on works related to the controversial steel flyover in Bengaluru till December 6.

The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) advocate petitioned to vacate the order of injunction imposed by the NGT on October 28, but the request was turned down by the court.

Karnataka’s advocate general Madhusudan Naik defended the Rs 2,100-crore project saying that since it is going to be connected to NH-7, the BDA should also be exempted from filing environmental impact assessment as is with the National Highways Authority of India (NHAI), The Times of India has reported. He also argued that the project will not damage environment despite the plan to axe 812 trees to make way for the flyover.

The tribunal stayed the works on the project till December 6 and also directed petitioners N Mukunda, member of Citizen Action Forum, and V Balasubramanian, retired bureaucrat, to file counter affidavits till the next hearing.

The court had sought a detailed environment impact assessment to be filed and approved by the state-level green authority during the first hearing on October 28, which the BDA failed to furnish on Friday.

The project has drawn wide criticism from Bengalureans, with most opposing the loss of green cover –axing of 812 trees on Ballari road to make way for the project.

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