BENGALURU: With Chief Minister Siddaramaiah reiterating his stand on the need for the proposed steel flyover, activists are also in no mood to give up.
“I drove my car from Chalukya Circle to Esteem Mall during peak hours and non-peak hours to get a first hand experience,” said Rajkumar Dugar, general secretary of Vasanthnagar Residents Welfare Association (VRWA).
“I found that the present road takes only 10-12 minutes during night and non-peak hours. The fastest one-way trip from Chalukya Circle to Esteem Mall was 17 minutes and the slowest was 32 minutes during peak hour,” he said.
“The traffic congestion was experienced particularly at the Hebbal flyover stretch. It was possible to drive at about 50 kmph on some stretches even during peak hour,” Dugar said.
Dugar said the government should decongest the bottlenecks, develop alternative routes to the airport/Devanahalli Road from other parts of Bengaluru, instead of all using the same stretch, and also improve public transport on this stretch.
Priya Chetty-Rajagopal, a member of Citizens for Bengaluru, said, “We have been receiving an overwhelming response from the citizens against the proposed flyover. We have received more than 50,000 online petitions and over 1 lakh missed calls supporting the cause. The number of people against the flyover is growing almost every day.”
She said they have decided to intensify the campaign. “Our protest against the steel flyover is to safeguard the interests of the future generation,” she added.