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Bengaluru steel flyover: BDA tells Karnataka High Court it will halt construction

The Karnataka High Court on Thursday put a hold on the steel flyover project in Bengaluru. According to reports, the Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA) gave an undertaking to the HC saying that it will not go ahead with the construction for now.

The southern bench of the National Green Tribunal (NGT) had on Friday restrained the BDA from proceeding with the project for four weeks.

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Granting an interim stay on the flyover proposal that kicked up controversies, the NGT had directed the BDA not to carry on with the project work for four weeks and posted the matter to 25 November for further hearing.

The tribunal granted interim stay on petitions from Neelaiah, Citizen Action Forum and others. The petitions opposed the project on environmental grounds.

The Rs 1,761-crore project of the BDA is to construct a 6.72 km long, six-lane steel flyover between Basaveshwara Circle and Hebbal to decongest traffic. However, 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.

As protests mounted against the project, Bengaluru Development Minister KJ George had last week dismissed it as a "political gimmick" and it had taken the decision after consultations with experts and "due diligence".

Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had defended the proposed construction of steel flyover calling it "totally transparent" and claimed the project was proposed in 2010 and announced in 2014-15 budget.

With inputs from PTI

Published Date: Nov 03, 2016 13:06 PM | Updated Date: Nov 03, 2016 14:10 PM

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