Hebbal being close to International Airport, has been a preferred location for real estate investment, but the issue of traffic jam has always been a bane. Instead of phase-wise development, the government irked the residents by announcing a controversial steel bridge worth 1,800 crores.
The project was supposed to come up at the cost of public money and environmental damage where about 800 trees were likely to be cut.
Massive protests for weeks by residents forced the government to withdraw its decision. BJP's YA Narayanswamy may use this issue in the election but Byrathi Suresh who has been campaigning in the assembly for last four years has already poached local leaders who may influence the voters. For Hanumanthe Gowda, he has to use only his image of being a local to garner votes.