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Bengaluru forms 6.7 km human chain to protest steel flyover project
The public protest against Bengaluru's proposed controversial steel flyover project has received massive support.
In today's protest, a human chain was formed as a protest against the flyover and at least 3000 people were a part of it. The human chain was formed along the 6.7 km stretch starting from Basaveshwara Circle to Hebbal on which the flyover has been proposed.

The project that is estimated to cost Rs 1791 cr has been planned to decongest the road leading to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA).

The human chain that was formed today stretched to 6.7 km. Citizens of Bengaluru have claimed that the project is not worth it as it will lead to the cutting of 812 trees and loss of many heritage buildings.

Earlier Citizens Against Steel Flyover, a forum that has launched protests against the flyover, had earlier questioned the secrecy and the haste that has surrounded the flyover in its pre-construction phase.

While the government has claimed that it will reduce congestion on the road leading to the airport, experts have questioned this decision as the flyover will save a mere 7-10 minutes of time while driving to the airport.

Citizens' groups in Bengaluru have criticized the Bengaluru Development Authority and have argued that it has only published the salient features of the project and not the detailed project and feasibility reports.

Prominent citizens of the city took part in today's protest including Santosh Hegde, Arundhati Nag, Prakash Belawadi and Narayana Murthy and Ramachandra Guha.

The citizens have also requested Larson & Toubro (L&T) to withdraw from the project. L&T is the company that had won the contract for the proposed flyover.

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