Plea to Pejawar seer, Heggade to lead stir against land acquisition

Plea to Pejawar seer, Heggade to lead stir against land acquisition

Withdraw BMIC Project completely, demands Nanaiah

Plea to Pejawar seer, Heggade to lead stir against land acquisition

Addressing a news conference here on Monday, he informed that like minded organisations will be staging a protest against land acquisition in the district today and said that such protests are inevitable because with intolerable extent of industrialisation, the land, resources, people and culture are getting affected.|

He recalled the days when Pejawar seer led a protest in Bangalore against S M Krishna Government, which was one of the major factors for the fall of the government and urged Pejawar seer to stage another historical struggle against present BJP government too.

BMIC

Speaking elaborately about the BMIC-NICE issue, he called it a political issue bordered on high-level fraud and corruption. He said that State Government is hushing up the scam by putting the blame on Deve Gowda saying that he is staging protest against the BMIC project for personal gains. When Gowda readily agreed to hand over the issue to CBI enquiry, but the Government is backing out.

Biggest scam

Nanaiah said that Bofors Scam of Rs 60 crore is being considered as the biggest scam of the nation but in true sense, BMIC-NICE is the biggest scam that nation has ever witnessed, involving over Rs 50,000 crore.

‘Child of Deve Gowda’

“CM has been terming BMIC project as ‘child’ of H D Deve Gowda. It is true that the first agreement was signed by Gowda in 1995 followed by framework agreement in 1997 but it was taken up according to the prevailing situation then.

Bangalore-Mysore highway was thrown totally out of gear and hence BMIC was need of the hour,” he clarified and added that according to the framework agreement, satellite towns were to be constructed at Ramnagar, Chennapatna, Maddur, Mandya and Srirangapatna on Bidadi model.

He pointed that Ashok Kheni did not even start an inch of work till 2002 but once the IT companies started coming to Bangalore and once the land rates started shooting up, they started showing interest in the project. He called upon to withdraw the BMIC project completely because there is no need of the project anymore.

Deviation

Nanaiah said that startling fact is that after 2003, when the BMIC project got a push, it was seen that the initial Framework Agreement was thrown aside and they had brought in what is called ‘Outline Development Plan’ (ODP), illegally including over 5,000 acres of cultivable land around the proposed land into the project.

Opining that Kheni will never build satellite town because his concentration is on Bangalore city and real estate deals that the city can fetch him, Nanaiah said that though the land was initially leased out to Kheni, it was later learnt that Kheni had sought a loan from ICICI bank pledging the acquired land after the land was sold to him. Former minister Amarnatha Shetty, JD(S) State Vice-President Rathan Singh and others were present.

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