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Bengaluru: 2,000 to join hands to rock flyover

Deccan Chronicle | DC Correspondent

Published on: October 15, 2016 | Updated on: October 16, 2016

Sunday will see protesters gather between 8 am and 11 am at Chalukya Hotel.

A view of Basaveshwara Circle from where the flyover will originate

A view of Basaveshwara Circle from where the flyover will originate

Bengaluru: Nearly 2,000 people including environmental activists and  politicians are expected to join the human chain to protest the proposed steel flyover from Basaveswara (Chalukya) Circle to Hebbal,  on Sunday.

Civic evangelist, V. Ravichandar, who plans to be part of the human chain, says its important for the government to do a rethink on the project. "People need to come out in large numbers and participate in the protest to show that they care for the city," he stressed.

Urban expert, Ashwin Mahesh says it’s clear no effort has been made to look at alternatives to the flyover although DULT too has not given it the thumbs up.

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"More skeletons are bound to tumble out on this project. Plenty of people will be happy to work with the government to suggest alternatives to the flyover that are actually, and urgently required to tackle the congestion in the city," he added.

Sunday will see protesters  gather between 8 am and 11 am at Chalukya Hotel, BDA head office, Cauvery theatre and Mekhri Circle to form the human chain, backed by activists, who have formed the Citizens Against Steel Flyover forum, and others, who have spearheaded the campaign, #SteelFlyoverBeda, that has garnered wide support from all sectors.

No diversions in traffic: Police
There will be no traffic diversions on account of the human chain that will be formed at different circles and junctions, starting for Chalukya Circle up until Hebbal flyover (the corridor where the steel bridge is proposed).

"We are unsure as to how many citizens may turn up for the human chain on Sunday as the organisers themselves are not sure about it," said Charan Reddy, Additional Commissioner of Police West. The five junctions to be affected are Chalukya Circle, BDA junction, Cauvery Theatre, Mekhri Circle and Hebbal flyover.

"If there is a need for traffic diversions, we will decide then and there and make necessary changes," said Renuka, Deputy Commissioner of Police Traffic North.

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