BENGALURU: Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has issued a fiat against making any sale deeds to Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE), which is implementing Bangaloure-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project.
The direction was issued to the departments concerned at a high-level committee meeting chaired by Chief Minister Siddaramaiah recently.
A copy of the meeting’s proceedings available with Express states, “As there is no clarity over the land needed for the project, (the) company must cross verify the documents available with it regarding the land and come before the high-level committee. Meanwhile, all the concerned departments, including Public Works Department (PWD) and Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB), have been directed not to make any sale deeds for NICE and before taking any decision, opinion of Advocate General is must.”
CM’s Concern: According to a senior official who attended the meeting, the Chief Minister also expressed concern over the extent of land which is already been sold by NICE.
“According to the documents available, the company has already made sale deeds for over 1,600 acres and started their joint development. The concern is, if they continue to sell the land provided for the project like this, there won’t be any land to return (to the government) after 30 years,” a senior PWD officer said.
He added, “According to the original agreement, there is no provision to make use of the land for other purposes rather than toll road, townships and other development works. But they are violating the agreement.”
Pressure on state Govt
The government officials stated that the NICE authorities are exerting pressure on the government to provide permission for change of land use through Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Area Planning Authority (BMICAPA). “This issue was brought before the high-level committee headed by the Chief Minister and after a long discussion, the Chief Minister issued direction to take the opinion of Advocate General,” the official explained. NICE authorities were not available for comments.