Citizen groups assess elevated corridor project
Members of the Bangalore Bus PrayanarikaVedike, Citizens for Bengaluru (CfB) and The Student Outpost (TSO) have started creating an on-ground report of how the corridor is going to affect people, especially those who will have to shift their livelihoods and homes.
According to the environmental impact assessment report prepared by Karnataka Road Development Corporation Ltd. as part the final feasibility report, the elevated corridor, which will criss cross the city through 102 km, will affect as many as 1,131 properties and require a total of 56.89 hectares of land, 17.76 ha owned by private parties. The report states that the identified properties include 209 residential, 577 commercial, and 32 religious structures.
The proposed network of corridors has been a hotly debated topic during the run-up to the LokSabha elections, though MP candidates have been divided in their opinion of the project.
The project has run into stiff resistance from sections of citizens, including those who had led the opposition against the Congress government’s steel flyover project that was eventually scrapped.
A recent ‘#Elevated Corridor Tender Raddu Madi’ rally demanding the government to cancel the tender called for the first phase of the 102-km-long elevated corridor project had seen over 2,000 citizens taking part in the protest.