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Discuss steel flyover with city legislators, DVS tells George

Published On : 23 Oct 2016   |  Reported By : Courtesy: DHNS   |  Pic On: photo credit: DHNS

Bengaluru, DHNS: City tour for lawmakers on Tuesday. A senior BJP leader on Saturday sought a meeting of all city MLAs and MLCs to discuss the Congress government’s steel flyover project.

Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation D?V?Sadananda Gowda told Bengaluru Development Minister K J George to take people’s representatives into confidence. The project falls under Gowda’s Lok Sabha constituency (Bengaluru North), and he had sought a meeting with George and BDA officials to understand its implications. The meeting took place here on Saturday.

BDA officials showed Gowda a model of the flyover and said it would ease traffic in the city.

Besides, BDA Commissioner Rajkumar Khatri, city legislators Narayanaswamy from Hebbal and S R Viswanath from Yelahanka were present at the meeting.

Gowda did not comment on the project immediately, but took to social media, where he posted a picture of himself, George and others inspecting the model.

He wrote on his Facebook page: “Steel flyover in Bengaluru is subject to more discussion and deliberation.”

He also indicated he favoured a solution to the traffic woes between Basaveshwara Circle (known as Chalukya Circle) and Hebbal.

“This ... stretch mostly falls under the constituency represented by me,” his post said.
George told DH, “I have decided to take city MPs, MLAs, MLCs and journalists on Tuesday on a city tour to show them how useful the flyover is.”
A video titled 'Let's Heal, Not Steal' has gone viral on social media. It exhorts people to come out of their comfort zone and oppose the steel flyover.

It talks about how the project will kill 800-odd trees and ruin the aesthetics of Bengaluru.

About 150 volunteers are collecting opinion about the project. On Saturday, they went to food joints, bus stands, parks and playgrounds. A prominent face in the campaign was Capt Gopinath, who signed a memorandum against the project. Areas under the campaign are Richmond Town, Sadashivanagar, Sanjaynagar, Vasanthnagar, Malleswaram, Rajarajeswari Nagar, Bannerghatta Road, and JP Nagar (Ranga Shankara). Some residents of Sahakarnagar and Yelahanka who favour the project demonstrated near Esteem Mall.

No work order yet

The BDA on Saturday put to rest rumours that it had issued a work order for the flyover and that work would start from November 1. “We have not issued any work order,” said BDA Engineering Member P N Nayak.
Combined Oppn can stall project

Bengaluru has three JD(S), 12 Congress and 13 BJP MLAs. All three Lok Sabha constituencies in the city are represented by the BJP. If its opinion is considered, a combined opposition of the BJP and JD(S) could stall the project.

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