The many red flags speak for themselves. This undertaking is not a stay granted by court or a legal verdict from the court. Advance monies have been released to contractors, trees marked for felling and none of this reversed despite the prior NGT stay order. Further, the BDA is reportedly going to the Supreme Court challenging the NGT order even while informing the High Court they have a stay from NGT as cause for their undertaking. A classic double game.
The simple bottom line is that the issued tender is not scrapped and the GoK continues to hang the monstrous steel flyover as a Damocles Sword over Bengaluru’s head.
When an elected government in charge of public affairs and public money fails miserably and worse, abuses the power given to it by subverting constitutionally mandated due process, citizens have no choice but to rise up and hold them accountable. Since elections are compromised with money and muscle power, citizens must constantly innovate new methods of making their voices heard. Despite the unprecedented turnout at the human chain and over 41,000 voting Beda, the GoK continue to cite 76% of 299 as justification for the project, release the work order and even mark trees for chopping! Further, they plan to challenge the NGT stay using absurd logic that it is a national highway extension project and hence NGT has no jurisdiction.
They are hoping that citizens will tire and consign themselves to democracy as a spectator sport. After all, the people of India have been brainwashed that democracy has but four pillars, the legislature, executive, judiciary and the press.
In truth, Indian democracy sways and stumbles on and off due to the absence of a steady and sturdy fifth pillar. The people. While early British chroniclers of India noted a significant civic consciousness even in remote villages of disparate kingdoms that nurtured its wells and lakes, pastures and forests, cleared rubble and developed pathways, post Independence India has become a nation dependent on the very centralised powers it aimed to destroy.
Gandhi was able to create a consciousness and move people across the length and breadth of this country using truth as the only weapon that united an otherwise diverse nation. The truth is Bengaluru does not need the steel flyover. The truth is Bengaluru needs a plan that makes cars irrelevant and public transport the primary mode of transport.
If this truth is to be told emphatically and unequivocally, the citizens of Bengaluru must unify our voices and let the message ring loud and clear. All Bengalureans fed up with traffic congestion and dangerous levels of pollution must join in solidarity any time between 9 am – 5 pm on Sunday Nov 6th, the Satyagraha by the Citizens of Bengaluru at Freedom Park
This is not anti government. This is pro development.
This is not anti establishment. This is pro planning.
This is not against the steel flyover. This is for Bengaluru.