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Bengalureans to oppose elevated corridor

BENGALURU: In one of the crucial greatest civic demonstrations because the ‘Steel Flyover Beda’ agitation of October 2016, around 2,000 Bengalureans congregated close to Gandhi Statue on Race Course Road on Saturday morning to protest the arguable elevated corridor mission.

The protest witnessed a motley crowd — suburban rail users, participants of cycling groups and bus passengers’ forum, citizen activists, school scholars, senior voters and families with kids. In truth, several automobile homeowners additionally raised their objections. Over 50 civic groups demanded the government cancel the soft and grasp a public consultation.

Soon after photos and videos of the protest began to appear on social media, leader minister HD Kumaraswamy said he’s ready to hear the protesters and asked them to satisfy him. “One of the largest hurdles in Bengaluru’s development is site visitors congestion. The #elevatedcorridor mission is the method to this. Some citizen groups r protesting towards the mission. My request to all is to return to me & carry their considerations. I will pay attention with an open mind to ur comments (sic),” the CM tweeted.

Children make some extent all over Saturday's protest close to Gandhi Statue on Race Course Road.

Kickstarting the demonstration at 10am, protesters flashed placards and banners reading #TenderRadduMaadi (cancel the soft); save Bengaluru, don’t grab our public area; go away our timber on my own; buses are the most productive to decongest town. For the following two hours, participants of citizen groups took turns to highlight why they sought after the government to reconsider the elevated corridor mission. Some protesters’ drove house the message through songs, artistic endeavors and installations.

Citizens used placards and banners to explain why they had been towards the elevated corridor mission.

Srinivas Alavilli, co-founder of Citizens For Bengaluru (CfB), which has been spearheading the movement, defined the elevated corridor as a distraction. “To unravel Bengaluru’s site visitors problem, we will have to focal point on buses, suburban trains, footpaths and bicycles as a substitute of elevated corridors, which can be a horrible concept,” he added.

Shaheen Shasa, member of Bengaluru Bus Prayanikara Vedike, said the entire government needs is Rs 1,000-Rs 3000 crore to introduce world-class buses within the town. “On the other hand, over Rs 30,000 crore has been earmarked for elevated corridors,” she added.

Theatreperson Arundhati Nag wondered why the government desires elevated corridors at the cost of the surroundings. Citizen workforce participants said Saturday’s protest was only a beginning and so they may have grasp many extra agitations to make their voice heard.

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