Bengalureans cheer over scrapping of steel flyover project

Bengalureans cheer over scrapping of steel flyover project

Submitted by Rashmi on Thu, 2017-03-02 19:00 Bengaluru: The state government’s decision to drop the steel flyover project – on Thursday – has brought cheers to various citizen groups that have been in the forefront of #steelflyoverbeda campaign.Particularly, the Namma Bengaluru Foundation that took the lead in protesting against the project. It was also in the forefront in shaping people’s opinion through various campaigns.“The scraping of the Steel Flyover project is a great moment in Bengaluru’s history. This amazing citizen uprising to oppose this ad hoc infrastructural project not just through human chain but via satyagraha as well has brought a fruitful result,” said Namma Bengaluru Foundation.“It’s indeed a good decision. The government should have decided about it long ago. Nevertheless, it has, finally. The alleged diary found at MLC Govindaraj’s residence which mentions about the alleged kickbacks to ministers in Siddaramaiah government was instrumental – to some extent – scrapping this project. This clearly indicates that whatever exits in the diary could be true,” said MN Srihari, traffic expert.He further said that the project was not technically viable too. “It was foolishness on the part of government to propose axing of so many trees to bring down the traffic of a mere 6.7 km only. Majority of the trees on the stretch are over 100 years old. Planting new saplings will take another fifty years or so to grow. It is a victory for Bengalureans who had been campaigning against the project," added Srihari.Vijay Nishanth, an environmentalist was elated with the decision. “Whether it is due to diary or people's campaign, our trees are saved. If not, this project would have had axed so many trees that were home for countless birds.”But it did not cheer citizen activist Kavitha Reddy, who has been rooting for the project. "Considering the surging population and traffic in the city, steel flyover was necessary. Is it possible to restrict people from buying more than one vehicle in our country? Yet, a malicious campaign was launched against the project without thinking about the city’s development. Governments will come and go but at the end of the day, it is the development of the city that matters.”The steel flyover was proposed to ease the traffic congestion from Basaveshwara circle to Hebbal at a cost of Rs 1853 crore. Namma Bengaluru Foundation led by MP Rajiv Chandrashekhar had been campaigning against it and had even won a stay order from the National Green Tribunal.