The National Green Tribunal on Friday directed authorities to stop the construction of a Bengaluru steel flyover for four weeks, which has been witnessing demonstrations both for and against it. The Rs 1,761 crore steel flyover to link Basaveshwara Circle to Hebbal to improve connectivity to Bengaluru international airport is facing flak from civic groups and political parties on cost and environmental concerns.
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Earlier on Tuesday, a meeting of city legislators a meeting to discuss the proposed construction of the controversial steel flyover remained inconclusive, with BJP staging a walkout, accusing Congress of “threatening” and “scuttling” its voice.
The meeting was convened by Bengaluru Development and Town Planning Minister K J George in an attempt to take public representatives from the city on board, by informing about the actualities of the project.
Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had earlier defended the project, calling it “totally transparent” and had clarified that the escalation in cost was due to two years delay in tender and steep increase in VAT on steel. It is estimated that 812 trees will be felled for the project.