Karnataka, Bengaluru has inarguably been a favourite among most of us. Starting from being tagged as the old age home, because of it favourable climate. It is to be know that, on August 2015, The Congress government, under the CM Siddaramaiah has approved a 6.7 km steel bridge starting from Basaveshwara Circle to Hebbal. This particular proposal comes at the cost of a whopping Rs 1,791 crore and at a loss of over 812 trees and the destruction of many heritage buildings that the city took pride in. The flyover will have three up-ramps and four down-ramps and as many as 2,68,000 vehicles are expected to ply on it. But one would really question the logic behind this proposal which will save a 7–10 minute drive to the airport!
- The nearly 7 km-long flyover planned by the Karnataka government will cost Rs. 1,800 crore and will result in the removal of around 800 trees along its route - a cost that residents say they're not prepared to accept.
- People who are against the project, allege lack of transparency and demand a public consultation on the issue. The state government says public feedback was sought and most emails that came in supported the project.
- Government says that six-lane steel bridge is essential for removing the notorious traffic jams that leave the area around the airport gridlocked.
- Several multinationals companies and offices are located near the airport. The Congress government says that it promised the bridge ahead of winning the state in 2013 and will not drop its plans.
- It says it will ensure 60,000 saplings are planted elsewhere in the city to compensate for the trees being removed.
- Today, the National Green Tribunal, the country's highest environmental court, has ordered the suspension of all plans for now.
- The court says over the next month, the impact of the construction on the environment will be detailed by experts for its review. Residents have been holding large demonstrations against the bridge. The debate is also raging online with #steel bridge beku (we want the steel bridge) taking on #steel bridge beda (we don't want the project).
- "We will consider all concerns raised by people of my Bengaluru city. Already their objections have been considered," said Chief Minister Siddaramiah of the Congress recently.
- Opposition leaders like, Sadananda Gowda, who is from the BJP, says the government has failed to communicate with the people about the project or take elected representatives into confidence
- The government's opponents also say the Congress is pushing through the project to siphon off money ahead of the 2018 state elections - a charge the Congress denies.
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