Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-10-25 19:41 Bengaluru: The state government’s effort to get the BJP on board the much-pilloried steel flyover project failed on Friday. After coming out of a presentation arranged by the government, which included a 3D imaging of the bridge and a talk by BDA engineer on the effectiveness of the project, BJP leaders still remained unconvinced about the project. Suresh, BJP MLA, Rajajinagar, said they were opposed to the project as it involves felling of more than 800 trees. “Let them come up with some alternative routes to solve traffic issues from Basaveshwara circle to Esteem mall near Hebbala,” he said. R Ashoka said there was “no transparency” in the project. “Why such a costly one and that too a steel bridge? They had called us for the meeting to take suggestions but they did not let us talk,” Ashoka claimed. But the government said it would proceed with the project. KJ George, Bengaluru Development Minister, said the project would greatly benefit residents living in Sahakarnagar, Ballari Road, Sanjay Nagar and others The minister said traffic on the road would increase as BIAL would soon start work on the second terminal at the KIA. “The steel bridge was proposed earlier and the CM announced it in the 2014 budget, but neither residents nor any parties opposed or filed objections then. Why are they against it now,” asked Geroge. Citizens oppose the project Members of Citizens for Bengaluru have written an open letter to the MLAs and MPs seeking an inquiry into the project. The group launched a ‘Call your MLA’ programme to show public opposition. In just 48 hours, more than 1 lakh tree lovers gave missed call to an organization called Jhatkaa to express their opposition to the project.