Green tribunal extends stay on controversial Bengaluru steel flyover project till December 20

Despite Bangalore Development Authority filing a petition to vacate the stay, the authority did not file any reply in the case.

Published: 09th December 2016 07:20 PM  |   Last Updated: 09th December 2016 07:20 PM   |  A+A-

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People form human chain against construction of steel flyover in Chalukya Circle in Bengaluru. (Nagesh P | EPS)

By Express News Service

CHENNAI: The southern bench of National Green Tribunal (NGT) extended the interim stay granted against the controversial steel flyover project in Bengaluru till December 20.

Despite Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) filing a petition to vacate the stay, the authority did not file any reply in the case.

Bengaluru-based NGO Citizen Action Forum filed petition against the project on October 28 following which the tribunal  granted interim injunction.

On Friday, Abshot Layout Residents Association represented by its vice-president A Feroz Ahmed impleaded into the case supporting the original petitioner’s contention. The green bench, however postponed the matter to December 20.

The Rs1,791 crore proposal to build a steel flyover from the Basaveshwara Circle to Hebbal  has come under criticism from various sections of society including retired bureaucrats in Karnataka.

The petitioners, including a retired bureaucrat, questioned the project proposal arguing that BDA had planned to proceed with the project without holding mandatory public hearings or obtaining necessary environmental clearances.

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