NICE offers 40 pc developed property to land losers

The Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise Limited (NICE), the promoter of Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project has submitted a proposal to the High Court that it would offer 40 per cent of developed land to those who have lost their land for the township project proposed at Bidadi.

The proposal, according to a release by NICE, has been made in the wake of the State Government ‘arbitrarily’ fixing compensation for the lands being acquired for the project at Gonipura, Tippur and Sheegehalli in Bangalore South taluk and Doddakuntenahalli, Kodiyala  and Karenahalli.

The Company has said that the compensation of Rs 40 lakh per acre was not acceptable to the farmers and, it had moved the High Court challenging the fixing of compensation. A division bench comprising Justices H Billappa and Aravind Kumar had suggested the NICE to come out with a solution that would be acceptable to farmers, state government and also to the firm and, the same has been submitted to the court now.


The Bangalore Development Authority (BDA), on Friday, submitted that the denotification claim by some site owners at MLA Layout, near new BEL Road, was false. A police complaint has been lodged against those who fabricated the documents of denotification.

During the hearing of a petition by residents of MLA Layout, including former MLC Shakuntala Chougle, who had sought directions to provide road connectivity to residents of the layout, BDA submitted that following some doubts regarding the said denotification, it had written to the State government seeking confirmation about its genuineness.
 “The State government has issued a communication dated April 17, 2012, confirming that the denotification documents, dated September 9, 2010, submitted by some of the property owners were fake,” BDA said in its affidavit.

The affidavit stated that a complaint had been lodged against persons responsible for fabricating the notification. “The said complaint is registered by the Seshadripuram police for offences punishable,” the affidavit said. 

Counsel for the petitioners, Lakshmi Iyengar, submitted that four site owners who have encroached upon a 40-foot-wide road are Mamata, N Lokesh, Mohammed Hafeezulla Shariff and Nayazuddin S. 

The division bench comprising Chief Justice D H Waghela and Justice S N Satyanarayana then directed the counsel to issue these site owners, who were made additional respondents, hand summons and ensure they appear before the court on the next date of hearing.

A PIL petition was filed stating that the KKR Vajra apartment has blocked the road connecting the main road in the layout, causing inconvenience to the residents, while some of the site owners adjoining it have encroached upon the 40-foot-wide road. The division bench headed by Chief Justice Vikramajit Sen had constituted a committee, comprising officials from BBMP, BDA to look into the matter. 

The committee which also comprised counsel Lakshmi Iyengar and government counsel B Veerappa confirmed the encroachment by the apartment as well as by the site owners and suggested an alternative route. However, a submission was made before the court that some of the lands acquired for the layout have been denotified.

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