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Blog Entry# 2052658  
Posted: Nov 08 2016 (12:22)

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Nov 08 2016 (06:57)   Satyagraha keeps the fight against steel flyover going

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Octogenarian cyclist
B.R. Janardhan (84) cycled his way to the protest venue leading a young team of cyclists. He participated in the Satyagraha through the day, observed fast from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “If at my age I can cycle, why can’t the youth do it? If more and more people start cycling, the government will be forced to shift its focus from cars. Now, most of us commute in cars and protest against the steel flyover,” he said.
A retired Indian Railways employee, he argued that the railways are the only
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viable alternative. “There are nearly 400 km of railway lines running through the city, but none of them are being used for intra-city commute.”
‘Thou Shall Not Steal’
Nazneen Tonse, a resident of Langford Town, had a large banner on her body that read: Thou Shall Not Steal. She came up with the caption during the human chain protest last month. At the time, historian Ramachandra Guha alluded to her slogan in a speech on the project, which he termed “foolish, foolhardy and fraudulent.”
‘Family planning for vehicles’
T.R. Hegde, a retired headmaster from Sirsi, visiting his son in the city, was in attendance at the satyagraha with his extended family in tow. “I often visit Bengaluru as my son is here, and I find it difficult to even cross the road here,” he said. “Back home, our town has also begun witnessing traffic snarls. The answer is not adding road infrastructure. As a nation, we took to family planning to regulate the population explosion. If we can do it with humans, why not with vehicles?” he asked.
Train to the airport
Patrice, a French expat living in Bengaluru for the past 16 years, participated in the Satyagraha with his family of three children. “I have seen this city deteriorate over the past 16 years. We are focusing on private transport and not public transport. Take any metro city, all of them have a train connectivity to the airport. The city desperately needs to promote railway connectivity,” he said.
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