NGT stays steel flyover project, asks govt to prepare EIA report

NGT stays steel flyover project, asks govt to prepare EIA report

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-10-28 18:44 Bengaluru: In a boost to green activists and citizen activism, the National Green Tribunal (NGT) has stayed the execution of the controversial steel flyover project. Issuing an interim injunction against the project, the NGT asked the state government to prepare an environmental impact report before going ahead with the flyover. Two residents from the city - N Mukund from Citizen Action Forum and V Balasubramanyam, former additional chief secretary in the state – had petitioned the NGT over the project. Activists, residents have been at loggerheads with the government over the project which will result in the axing of more than 800 trees. The high cost of the project – estimated at Rs1,791 – has been another bone of contention. Two weeks ago, citizens had formed a human chain protesting against the chopping of trees. Speaking to the media on Friday, KJ George, Bengaluru Development Minister, said the steel bridge would help in easing traffic flow. “Traffic is increasing day by day and public is getting inconvenienced. We don’t want to take credit and are ready to handover the project to the central government. We are not doing any politics with the project,” he said.