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Karnataka Bengaluru steel flyover project scrapped

Karnataka, Bengaluru: With pressure from various environmentalists, citizens and green activists, the Karnataka Bengaluru, congress government on Thursday scrapped the controversial steel flyover project in the city; this would be saving about 800 trees officially from facing the axe.

K.J. George told reporters that the "The steel flyover will not be constructed as the project has been cancelled" .

On October 28, 2016, The Chennai bench of the National Green Tribunal has stayed the 6.9-km steel project from Chalukya Circle to Hebbal junction in the northern suburb, which was suppose to be connecting the international airport road at Devanahalli and National Highway 4 towards Hyderabad.

Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) was the main agency for the Rs 1,761-crore project and engineering and L&T was to execute the construction, as it was the lowest bidder in a global tender. A 6.72-km long, six lane steel flyover was proposed to de congest the roads of Bengaluru towards airport. The steel project was expected to be completed in 24 months. The project was to be executed by Larsen and Toubro Ltd (L&T) and Nagarjuna Ltd, with the Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) overseeing it.

The over expensive six-lane project, was meant to ease the gridlock on the busy road, faced constant opposition from civic society and urban experts as it would have resulted in the loss of about 800 plus trees and their green canopy en-route to the city's outskirts.

Neither the state government nor the BDA considered alternative routes. There was no study done to confirm if the steel bridge was the best option before and no permission was taken to cut 800 trees. There were no public hearings conducted before awarding the project to a private firm," as claimed the petitioners then.