Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-10-28 17:05 Bengaluru: In a major setback to the State government which has been aggressively campaigning for the steel bridge, the National Green Tribunal has ordered a stay on the project. The construction on the project was expected to begin on November 1. The tribunal said that the Bengaluru Development Authority has not obtained a clearance from the Tribunal to cut 812 trees, a mandatory for the project to commence. On this ground, the court stayed the project. The proposed steel bridge from Basaveshwara Circle to Esteem Mall to ease the traffic on airport road has been met with severe opposition from various environment groups, citizen activists and resident welfare organisations. For, the project which would cost Rs 1,800 crores would have cut 812 trees in this essentially garden city. The citizen groups have kick-started a campaign against the project #Steelbridgebeda. But Bengaluru district in-charge minister KJ George has maintained that the project would help Bengaluru, a world class city. For the loss of green cover, he had also said that more saplings will be planted to compensate the loss. However, nothing would silence the protesting groups. With the NGT order, the onus is on the government to explain to the people.