Karnataka govt scraps Bengaluru steel flyover bridge
The project was introduced at the cost of Rs 1,791-crore for a 6.72-km long, six-lane steel flyover to de-congest the roads of Bengaluru.
In a huge victory to citizens protests, the Karnataka government on Thursday decided to withdraw the Bengaluru steel flyover project connecting Chalukya circle to the Hebbal flyover.
According to CNN-News18 reports, Karnataka Urban Development Minister KJ George will soon make a public announcement regarding the issue.
The project came under scrutiny when various citizen groups protested over environmental concerns ever since the state cabinet approved the project in September 2016.
The project was introduced at the cost of Rs 1,791-crore for a 6.72-km long, six-lane steel flyover to de-congest the roads of Bengaluru. The project was expected to be completed in 24 months. The project was to be executed by Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T) and Nagarjuna Ltd, with the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) overseeing it.
However, it went down to the feasibility of the project on the account of massive use of steel and also cutting of 800 trees, which raised concerns among citizens and activists.
In an attempt to assuage annoyed protesters, the BDA commissioner Rajkumar Khatri has given assurances that 60,000 saplings would be planted in other parts of the city. Several online petitions and public interest groups too protested against the project.
Many citizens had also alleged that the project indirectly encourages the private sector and kills the greenery of the city. However, despite the protests, the Congress government persisted with the plan.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had defended the government's stand on the flyover. "The decision to spend Rs 1,791 crore for development was not taken just like that. It was done after a lot of deliberation,” The Indian Express quoted Chief Minister Siddaramaiah as saying.