Residents of Dr. Rajkumar Road, who are at the risk of losing their houses if the Government goes ahead with the road widening and signal free corridor project, voiced their opposition to the project by taking out a procession here on Sunday.
Nearly 150 people participated in the procession organised by the Citizens Support Group from Vivekananda College to Navrang Circle. More than 35,000 people would lose their houses if the project is implemented, the protestors said.
“The traffic jam that occurs often in the area is due to Metro work. This project will cause tremendous loss to the people residing in this area. It should be withdrawn immediately,” said A.S.N. Kumar, member of the forum. He added that it was unfair on the part of the Government to evict people just for the benefit of a small group of people.
J.T. Mani, a resident of Dr. Rajkumar Road, said that the residents and shop owners were not happy as they will not be given any compensation except a Transfer of Development Rights certificate.
“There are many loopholes in the project. It includes chopping of trees, discomfort to senior citizens, disabled people and children. This project is being forced upon the people by the Government,” Mr. Mani said.