Hundreds of Bengalureans gathered at Freedom Park on Sunday for a day long 'Satyagraha' against the proposed steel flyover project. The 'Beda Brigade' sought to draw the government's attention to increasing opposition to the proposed flyover.
Prominent citizens of Bengaluru were part of the event that saw opposition to the flyover in slogans, posters, banners and even art work. Tech-savvy citizens had taken up to social media to invite fellow Bengalureans to join them in Sunday's protest to let the government know what citizens truly want.
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Harish Bijoor, brand guru and a prominent Bengalurean said, "I look at it as a process of reform. This was a way of Bengaluru telling the government what it wants. That public consent should be involved. It meant something for all the people who came here on a Sunday morning".
Artists let their installations and art work speak for themselves. Renowned artist Badal Nanjundaswamy's art depicting death of trees grabbed eyeballs. The art installation struck the right cord with those assembled at Freedom Park since the loss of over 800 trees is one of the main reasons for citizens opposing the Rs 1700 crore steel flyover project.
Despite 2 court orders stalling the project for now, citizens fear that it will make a comeback unless the tender has been cancelled. Sunday's protest centered on their demands of asking the government to withdraw the tender accorded to a construction company to build the steel flyover.