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Karnakata Govt to Scrap Rs 1,761 Cr Steel Flyover Project Following Protests

Karnakata Govt to Scrap Rs 1,761 Cr Steel Flyover Project Following Protests

The six-lane steel flyover project between Chalukya Circle and Hebbal to be scrapped by the Karnataka government.

Bengaluru: In a major victory to citizens, the proposed Rs 1,761 crore steel flyover in Bengaluru has been scrapped following opposition from environmentalists and rights groups who claimed that more than 800 trees will be cut for the project.

As protests mounted against the project, Bengaluru Development Minister K J George told ANI that the steel flyover will not be constructed. “The plan has been cancelled,” he said.

Steel flyover not to be constructed, plan has been cancelled: Bengaluru Development Minister K J George (file picture) pic.twitter.com/79OCLq6dPs

— ANI (@ANI_news) March 2, 2017

The 6.72 Km long flyover project by Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) was meant to decongest city traffic.

The project faced opposition as it allegedly involved felling of over 800 trees. Farmers too had opposed the project. Jawaharlal Nehru Planetarium too had reportedly said that ramps may block the view of the sky.

Earlier, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah and Bengaluru Development and K J George had defended the project, saying it was needed to decongest the city.

First Published: March 2, 2017, 12:53 PM IST