Commuters travelling under the Hebbal flyover need not be worried of the rampant illegal activities there anymore. The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA) has cleared the clump of shrubs, illegal constructions and the garbage piles below the flyover. They have also cleared the untended thickets in the mini-forest adjacent to the flyover towards the Manyata Tech Park. This was done at the behest of the Bengaluru law and order and traffic police officials.
The police were receiving complaints from commuters about the ‘anti-social activities’ in the area. The police have also caught many under suspicious circumstances from under the flyover. “On investigation, the police found that illegal activities were thriving because the area was rundown with shrubbery, and the maintenance was irregular.
Since the flyover is still under the custody of the BDA, they approached us. We have cleared all the bushes under the flyover and in the mini-forest too. We have installed street lights as well,” said a senior BDA official. BDA executed the work in the last two days (Tuesday and Wednesday).
There is also a plan to deploy security guards under the flyover and in the mini-forest patch near the Kempegowda statue. The BDA will thereafter beautify the area with lawns so that people come for walks. “The idea is that once people start frequenting the place, illegal activities will stop. Since it is en route to the international airport, such occurrences are a blot on the reputation of the city.
To make the place look more attractive, public utility services and an amusement park will be introduced in the mini-forest. The area below the flyover will be landscaped as well,” the official added. Around three years ago, BDA started landscaping the area under the flyover. But it did not take off because it was decided to add loops to the flyover.