BBMP Receives Clearance to Build Steel Flyover at Shivananda Circle in Bengaluru

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Stella JamesLand Conflict Watch

Last updated on

October 12, 2021

Location of Conflict

Bengaluru

Bengaluru Urban

Reason or Cause of Conflict

Roads

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People Affected by Conflict

Land Area Affected (in Hectares)

1

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Starting Year

2017

State

Karnataka

Sector

Infrastructure

The construction of an ambitious steel flyover at Shivananda Circle in Bengaluru had been facing repeated delays since 2016 on account of opposition from residents. The project, seeking to ease traffic congestion in the city, was initially commissioned at an estimated cost of INR 14.48 crore, which quickly escalated to INR 22.89 crore when the work order was granted in October 2017. In the same year, local residents filed a writ petition in the Karnataka high court seeking a stay on the project. Anticipating that once constructed, it would worsen the traffic congestion in the city, the residents claimed the proposed flyover to be an unnecessary and counterproductive addition to the city's existing infrastructure. Their claim was further substantiated by notable scientists and researchers, including Professor M.N. Sreehari, advisor to the state government for traffic, transport and infrastructure, who referred to the project as "technically unsound, unviable". Additionally, R.K. Jaigopal, member of Indian Roads Congress, confirmed that the proposed project would create additional traffic hurdles instead of solving them. In 2018, the court ordered for the project to be revised in lieu of the objections and IRC guidelines. The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) ultimately received a clearance to execute the project on April 17, 2020, at a revised cost of INR 39 crore. As per a report published on June 12, 2021, BBMP Chief Commissioner Gaurav Gupta informed that the pending issues at the construction site had been resolved and that the project was on track for completion by 2021.

Demand/Contention of the Affected Community

Complaint against procedural violations, Demand for better access to common land/resources

Region Classification

Urban

Type of Land

Common

Type of Common Land

Non-Forest (Other than Grazing Land)

Total investment involved (in Crores):

39.5

Type of investment:

Revised Investment

Year of Estimation

Has the Conflict Ended?

Yes

When did it end?

June 2021

Why did the conflict end?

Categories of Legislations Involved in the Conflict

Other

Legislations/Policies Involved

Whether claims/objections were made as per procedure in the relevant statute

What was the claim(s)/objection(s) raised by the community? What was the decision of the concerned government department?

Legal Processes and Loopholes Enabling the Conflict:

Legal Status:

In Court

Status of Case In Court

Whether any adjudicatory body was approached

Name of the adjudicatory body

Name(s) of the Court(s)

High Court of Karnataka

Case Number

I.A. No. 4/2017 in Writ Petition No. 47168/2017 (GM-RES) PIL

Major Human Rights Violations Related to the Conflict:

Whether criminal law was used against protestors

Official name of the criminal law. Did the case reach trial?

Reported Details of the Violation:

Date of Violation

Location of Violation

Nature of Protest

Complaints, petitions, memorandums to officials

Government Departments Involved in the Conflict:

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike

PSUs Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Government Authorities for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of the Government Authorities Approached

Corporate Parties Involved in the Conflict:

Did LCW Approach Corporate Parties for Comments?

Name, Designation and Comment of Corporate Authorities Approached

Other Parties Involved in the Conflict:

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Documented By

Stella James

Reviewed By

Stella James

Updated By

Stella James

Edited By

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