Citizens walk in solidarity to save Sankey Tank in Bengaluru

Citizen groups and urban planners say a planned road-widening project would lead to the cutting down of all the trees around the lake bund.

ByDeeksha Devadiga

Published Feb 19, 2023 | 5:15 PMUpdatedFeb 19, 2023 | 5:19 PM

Residents show of support to Save Sankey.

If you were anywhere near Sankey Tank in Bengaluru on Sunday, 19 February, you would have likely noticed nearly 200 citizens all dressed in black walking together.

Many citizens group including residents from ages 2 to 90 participated in a peaceful march to showcase their support to Save Sankey from the Sankey Flyover and Road Widening project.

Why residents oppose it

The road widening issue has been a bone of contention for over a decade, but the Sankey flyover project was not a part of the earlier project and is a new proposal.

Citizens groups and residents have time and time opposed the proposal.

The project would lead to the cutting down of all the trees around the lake bund and drastically affecting the lake ecology, argue citizen groups and urban planners.

Petitions filed against Bengaluru Sankey flyover

In the past few months, the Sankey Flyover project has received stiff opposition from residents of Malleshwaram, Vyalikaval and Sadashivnagar.

Around 4,000 students in the area have written postcards to Karnataka Chief Minister Basvaraj Bommai requesting him to stop this project.

Many citizens have written in objections to the Forest Department to object against the feeling of the trees. 27,000 people have signed a petition against this project.

Uncertainty ahead 

The citizens’ walk. (Supplied)

South First recently reported that the continuous campaign by the citizen group put the Karnataka government under tremendous pressure during election time, and it is now reconsidering the Sankey flyover project and was likely to drop it.

Preeti Sunderajan, a Malleswaram resident who was present at the march, told South First, “At the moment, the Bengaluru Metropolitan Land Transport Authority (BMLTA) has shelved the project, but there is no clarity or statement on complete closure of the project. It could reopen post elections. We want either the MLA or the chief minister to close the project”.

Sunderajan further stated that the groups have plans to conduct more such walks to showcase solidarity and support against the project.