Say no to Tagore Circle underpass in Bangalore sign now

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The Tagore Circle underpass at Basavanagudi is being undertaken in absolute secrecy by ignoring public concerns. Although none of the roads or intersections in Basavanagudi see more than 6,000 PCU per hour, major infrastructure projects are thrust upon this serene locality.

Most of the roads within the Bangalore city are not suitable for construction of flyovers or grade separators: these should be built on ring roads. Multi-layer flyovers in cities, namely Bangkok and Los Angeles, have failed to solve traffic woes and in fact Los Angeles is thinking of pulling down all the flyovers. Tagore Circle threatens to become another infrastructure eyesore in the city.

The controversy surrounding the Tagore circle underpass shows, the hide-bound officials of BBMP have -- not for the first time -- taken an arbitrary decision with scant regard either for experts' views or public opinion. From all the reactions over the last few days, it has emerged that the BBMP, almost secretly, prepared the ground for spending around Rs 20-22 crore on an underpass which serves no purpose.

The project, shelved three years ago following public protests, has been revived suddenly. This unwanted monster will / would end up being one among many wasteful projects in the City. The underpass at Tagore circle or the one completed at Malleshwaram or the flyover at National College junction are some of the instances of wasteful and mindless expenditure.

The traffic experts too maintain that the traffic volume at the circle did not warrant the construction of the underpass. The face of Basavanagudi has unfortunately changed for the worse. The character of this historical locality is under immense / great threat.

This underpass construction is a waste of public funds. The civic authorities seem to have taken up this project only to ensure that the funds sanctioned under JNNURM do not lapse.

Despite strong opposition from the ruling party MLAs and the local residents, the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to go ahead with its proposed Tagore Circle underpass project.

The BBMP Commissioner has unfortunately claimed that the Underpass is not constructed for the convenience of the local residents of Basavanagudi but for those who cover a long distance. He added that infrastructure projects are taken up keeping the future in mind.

This underpass is a complete waste of the taxpayers' money. The other BBMP projects had been executed over indefinite periods, but Tagore Circle was dug up overnight.

The BBMP has unfortunately become indifferent to people's voice and has been chopping full-grown trees to make way for costly infrastructure projects. With the way the City is/was being planned, not a single tree would remain in Basavanagudi and Bangalore.

Bangalore is one of the 59 cities to which Ministry of Urban Development or MoUD has sanctioned grants for public transport buses. Mysore too is one of the other cities.

This grant is linked to conditional reforms in the transport sector in cities that includes higher taxes on private cars, dedicated funds for public transport, parking policy as a car restrain measure and bus sector reforms. But cities utilising these grants in Karnataka are unfortunately not fulfilling their commitments.

The rights of pedestrians and cyclists are unfortunately not being taken care of while utilizing JNNURM funds in Urban Karnataka.

Trees are being chopped in Bangalore City to make way for costly infrastructure projects. The authorities are embarking on projects that are destroying the tree-lined or tree canopied broad/wide avenues / roads of Bangalore. With the way the City was being planned, not a single tree would remain in Basavanagudi and Bangalore.

Therefore, we request your kind attention for reviewing and scrapping / abandoning of this highly controversial construction project at the earliest.

This petition's been addressed to the Hon'ble Supreme Court, President, Prime Minister or PM, Union Ministry of Urban Development or MoUD, Governor / Guv of Karnataka, Chief Minister or CM of Karnataka, Bruhath Bangalore Mahanagara Palike or BBMP, Bangalore Development Authority or BDA and Agenda for Bengaluru Infrastructure Development or ABIDe.

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