Bengaluru's residents will take to streets on Sunday to protest against a proposed steel flyover project in the city. Citizens have argued that the Rs 1,791-crore project is not sound on planning and it involves cutting down around 812 trees. The local municipal body has promised to plant 60,000 saplings in response, NDTV reported.
The six-lane flyover will connect Basaveshwara Circle to Hebbal. The Congress government in the state believes it will ease traffic snarls on Bellari road and making the commute to the city’s airport faster and easier. Once completed, the steel flyover will be the first of its kind in the country.
The project was approved by the Siddaramaiah Cabinet on September 28, Bangalore Mirror reported. The government has yet to decide whether vehicles will have to pay a toll to use the 6.72-km-long flyover. It will have three up-ramps and four down-ramps. As many as 2,68,000 vehicles are expected to ply on it.
After the project drew criticism from all over the city, the Bangalore Development Authority released a 10-page document on Wednesday, answering questions about the project. However, activists and citizens’ groups said the document only talks about the salient features of the project and does not delve into issues such as the need for a mass transit system and alternative routes to the airport, reported The Hindu. Some citizens have also moved court against the project.