K'taka: Nandi Infrastructure freed of BMIC judicial probe

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Bangalore, Oct 7: The promoters of the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project, Nandi Infrastructure Developers uttered a sigh of relief when the Karnataka Government on Tuesday, Oct 7 decided to rescind previous BJP-JDS-Coalition Government's decision for a Judicial probe into the allotment of land for the project. Briefing newsmen after the cabinet meeting, Minister for Home Dr V S Acharya said that the previous coalition government had ordered for a Judicial probe into the controversial allotment of over 20,000 acres of land to Nandi Infrastructure developers, the promoters of the Bangalore-Mysore highway corridor project.

Dr Acharya said that the cabinet after considering the letter by former Supreme Court Judge, Justice B C Patil (Retd) in which he had expressed his inability to head the judicial commission, have decided to withdraw the judicial probe into the matter. "Previous Government also had given undertaking to the Supreme Court which is also hearing a petition on the BMIC issue, to rescind its decision on judicial probe" he added.

The H D Kumaraswamy government in the state had ordered a judicial probe into BMIC project accusing that it had procured more land than accepted in the original framework agreement to construct Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Project.

In another decision which is also favourable to BMIC the state cabinet have decided to permit, release of 102 acres of land which was demanded by the Nandi Infrastructure Developers to complete the bridges comes under the peripheral road. "It would help to bridge the missing links within the peripheral roads being constructed by the Nandi Infrastructures" Dr Acharya said.

In another decision the Cabinet approved extension of Bangalore Metro project both South-North Corridor and West-East Corridor. The estimated cost of Rs 6395 crore Bangalore project would go up by another Rs 1200 crores, he said.

The revised South-North corridor would be extended to Hesaraghatta road in the North and upto Jaraganahalli in South. The revised corridor would be taken up in the first phase work, Dr Acharya said. Relating to Bangalore Metro, the cabinet also approved a proposal to conduct survey for a new alignment connecting Electronic city to Whitefield. Cabinet also approved Bangalore Metro's proposal to have new Metro stations within the premises of Lalbagh and Cubbon Parks. "A Suitable amendment will be brought to the Karnataka Government Parks (Prevention) Act 1975, he said.

He also said that the Cabinet also approved the recommendations of the Cabinet sub-committee on the collection of property taxes in the BBMP area based on Self Assessment Scheme (SAS) with a hike of 20 per cent. The whole BBMP area which was merged with three City Muncipal Councils and some other Panchayaths would come under the new tax structure. "With the state government's decision as many as 13 lakh tax assesses would come under BBMP against the earlier total assesses of 7 lakhs" he said. The BBMP is expected to generate additional Rs 200 crore property tax, he said.

The State Cabinet also decided to release Rs 19 crore to Shikaripur Town Muncipal Council (TMC) for Anjanapura Drinking Water project.

In another major decision, the cabinet decided to merge the state owned defunct Vijayanagar Steel Limited into Karnataka State Small Industries Development Corporation (KSSIDC) with all its assets and liabilities.


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