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Take over BMIC  project, order CBI probe: Gowda to govt

Bengaluru, Dec 12, 2016, DHNS: 0:59 IST
Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda. DH file photo
JD(S) supremo and former prime minister H D Deve Gowda on Sunday said a CBI probe can reveal the extent of “large scale irregularities” in the implementation of the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project.

Addressing a press conference in Bengaluru, Gowda said the state government should immediately take over the project as recommended by a House committee headed by Law Minister T B Jayachandra.

Gowda said he has always been stating that the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE), the promoters of the BMIC project, has been indulging in irregularities during the last two decades. The content of the report of the House committee, which was tabled in the winter session of the state legislature in Belagavi recently, has vindicated his stand, he said.

Gowda said Chief Minister Siddaramaiah had recently stated that strict action will be initiated against the promoters of the project.

“I have faith that the chief minister will keep his word. We (the JD-S) were portrayed as villains when we brought out a book with supporting documents pertaining to the irregularities and, circulated it among judges. I always believe that truth will prevail”, he said.

The JD(S) leader said the promoters had not invested a single paise on the project but have been indulging in real estate business by grabbing lands belonging to poor farmers. “My fight against the project will continue till justice is rendered to the farmers”, he said.

He also charged that the NICE had illegally constructed houses along either side of the expressway at Madanayakanahalli. “These houses should be demolished immediately.”
Gowda said the House committee had stated that the original framework agreement between the NICE and the state government had been lost.

“I have copies of the document and I am willing to provide it to the government”, he said.

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