Not NICE, Take Over BMC Project: Gowda to Government - The New Indian Express

Not NICE, Take Over BMC Project: Gowda to Government

Published: 08th December 2013 07:38 AM

Last Updated: 08th December 2013 07:43 AM

Continuing his battle against the Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) Project being implemented by Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE), former Prime Minister and JD (S) National President H D Deve Gowda on Saturday demanded the State government to take over the project and prosecute NICE Managing Director Ashok Kheny for his ‘fraudulent acts’.

Speaking to reporters, Gowda alleged, “NICE has been trying to manufacture false records and fabricating false documents and records after it failed to make modifications in the Framework Agreement signed in 1997. The company has not paid a fair compensation for the farmers who have lost their lands to the project.”

Appreciating the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition Act passed by the UPA government at the Centre, Gowda challenged Congress Vice-president Rahul Gandhi and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to implement this new Act to ensure fair compensation for farmers.

Referring to latest announcement from NICE to offer 40 per cent of the developed land for land losers as compensation, Gowda said that it is part of a ploy by NICE to circumvent the new Compensation Act.

The new Act would enable farmers to get up to 4 times the guidance value of their lands acquired for the project, he remarked.

Gowda also demanded the government to take over the project in accordance with the new Act as NICE has allegedly not paid  fair compensation so far for many farmers.

The H D Kumaraswamy-led government had tried to take over the project. But it was foiled by coalition partner BJP, Gowda alleged.

As per the Framework Agreement, the  government should get back 75 per cent of the land with the development carried out, which means out of 20,193 acres of land, 14,225 acres of land should go back to the government after 30 years, he said.

“NICE has no right to commercially develop and lands in the Phase 1 of the project where only Peripheral Road, Link Road and Road Users Related facilities only are permitted,” Gowda said.

Land Grab: CBI, SIT Probe Demanded

In a letter to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah, he has demanded a high-level probe by CBI or any Special Investigation Team (SIT) into cases of large scale land grab  and encroachment of lakes in the State, including the alleged irregularities in land acquisition for BMIC project.

“In the last few months, the planning authority BMICAPA has approved layout plans on the State’s wealth for the benefit of NICE. The authority has approved plans on the lands forming part of toll road which constitutes the BMIC project. It is granting approvals that virtually amounts to selling the State’s wealth. I do not know whether this has come to your (CM) notice or not. This is completely contrary to various affidavits filed by the state government before the Supreme Court,” Gowda said in his letter.

Citing the reports submitted in the past by N Lakshman Rao Committee, G V K Rao Committee and A T Ramaswamy Committee on large scale encroachment of lakes, grabbing of government lands all over the State, he has asked Siddaramaiah as to what action he has taken to recover these lands.

He has also demanded a probe by CBI or a Special Investigation Team to probe all the land grabs and encroachments of lakes .

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