Thousands to boycott Bengaluru Steel Flyover
With the cries of `Steel Flyover Beda’ (say `no’ to steel flyover), the men, women and children began forging a human chain to protest the state government’s proposed Rs 1,900-crore steel flyover from Raj Bhavan to Hebbal.
It was one of the peaceful and spontaneous protests in the city in recent times. The two-hour protest on the sidewalks of the thoroughfare that leads to the international airport didn’t disturb the traffic. Placards and slogans said the government must listen to their voice against the flyover. The protest echoed across the world on online forums in the form of posts, tweets and forwards.
Srinivas Alavilli, a coordinator of Citizens Against Steel Flyover (CASFo) which organized the human chain, said at least 5,000 citizens took part in the protest. “The numbers don’t matter. What matters is Bengalureans have said a clear `no’ to the steel flyover. Besides activists and affected residents, citizens from other parts of the city -Konanakunte, Chandapura, Kanakapura Road and Whitefield, for instance -stood together for the city .Sunday was a real public consultation, and people have voted against the unscientific project,” he added.