Bengaluru’s Rs.1,800-crore steel bridge scrapped




The plan for a steel bridge to ease traffic on the road connecting Bengaluru to its International airport has been scrapped by Karnataka.

The construction of the 6.7 Km steel bridge, estimated to cost Rs 1,800 crore, would have required the chopping of 812 trees. Citizens and associations had protested against the project and had managed to get stay from the National Green Tribunal.

The Congress government’s decision has been linked to the huge controversy over an alleged diary found during tax raids on Chief Minister Siddaramaiah’s parliamentary secretary K Govindraju last year, which allegedly mentions 65 crores against steel bridge. The opposition has alleged that this was bribe paid for the project.

State BJP chief BS Yeddyurappa has alleged that the diary contained information about money paid to top Congress leaders, including Sonia Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi, Digvijaya Singh and party treasurer Motilal Vohra. The pages of the diary, he said, conveyed such information through abbreviated initials.

Yeddyurappa — who had to quit as Chief Minister over corruption allegations — has alleged that Congress leaders in the state were sending money to the party. Some of that money, he said, came from kickbacks for sanctioning the bridge project, which has been halted by the green court.
The hand-written entries “has initials like ‘SG’, which stood for Sonia Gandhi, ‘RG’ Rahul Gandhi, ‘MV’ Motilal Vohra and ‘DVGS’ for Digvijaya Singh,” news agency IANS quoted Mr Yeddyurappa as saying.


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