FANTASTIC RESPONSE FOR “CAMPAIGN TO RECLAIM BENGALURU”
Campaigners Light a Candle in memory of victims of senseless attacks in Mumbai
The Walk to Reclaim Bengaluru
Over 2,000 people gathered on the steps of the Town Hall in Bengaluru on the evening of 29th November, Saturday, in a strong statement of strength against projects the destroy lives, livelihoods and greenery in Bangalore. This gathering was a follow-up to the Walk to Reclaim Bengaluru that was organised as an initiative of Hasiru Usiru on 9th November.
Everyone gathered held a candle through the evening in memory of the victims of the senseless attacks in Mumbai. A moment of silence was observed in memory of our brave soldiers and especially those who have laid down their lives to ensure safety for thousands. Major Unnikrishnan was especially remembered as a fellow Bangalorean who made the ultimate sacrifice in an act of extraordinary courage to protect his subordinates and the lives of tens of civilians caught in the cross fire.
Saturday's gathering witnessed excellent response for communities affected by the road widening and Metro projects in
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Joining the Campaign, Dr. Hemachandra Sagar, Member of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly, called upon everyone gathered to build their strength and protest against projects that destroy the city, livelihoods and greenery. He demanded that the Government must involved the public and elected representatives in decisions relating to mega projects such as the Metro and road widening projects. He assured affected communities that he would raise their issues and concerns with the Chief Minister of Karnataka. He encouraged everyone concerned about the sustainable and just development of
Dr. Hemachandra Sagar, MLA, joins the Campaing and holds a Candle for the Mumbai Victims
Representatives of various affected communities spoke at the Campaign. In particular, Sreedhar of Avenue Road Traders Association announced that the next major action in the Campaign would be to hold a festival of Old Bangalore including Avenue Road, Balepet, Chickpet, and other surrounding areas. Not only would this celebrate the spirit of old
Leo Saldanha of the Environment Support Group demanded an immediate stop to the illegal road widening programmes in light of many other progressive and less impacting solutions that could be implemented to relieve traffic congestion. He also called for diversion of unnecessary investment in elite projects such as high speed rail links and elevated roads to the airport and invest such monies in pushing the Metro underground to the benefit of all. Such visionary action would save
Everyone gathered shouted slogans energetically demanding that unviable and unnecessary road widening projects must be abandoned. They called upon the government to play its role in ensuring just development and not keel under the pressure of the elite and invest in useless projects. They demanded that only lawful and sustainable projects must be implemented, and that too after consulting the public at large as required per law.
Issued by Environment Support Group Team on behalf of Hasiru Usiru – a progressive network of individuals, organisations and affected communities working to protect lives, livelihoods and public and social spaces in
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