Govt studying panel's call for CBI probe into BMIC project

Nearly a year after a legislature committee recommended a CBI probe into various aspects of implementation of the Bengaluru-Mysuru Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project by Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Entreprise (NICE), nothing much has happened on the ground.

Law Minister T B Jayachandra, who headed the House panel, told reporters on Thursday that the pros and cons of the recommendation are being studied by the law department as 40 cases pertaining to BMIC are pending in various courts. “As there are many cases pending both in the Karnataka High Court and the Supreme Court, we have to consider all aspects before giving effect to the panel’s recommendation,” Jayachandra said.

The panel, in its report tabled in the legislature in December last, had recommended that the government should take over the project from NICE and take back 11,660 acres of land from the acquisition process besides recovering Rs 1,350-crore toll collected since 2008.

Jayachandra said the government has appointed Sunil Yadav as its counsel for handling all cases pertaining to NICE.

The minister said NICE had obtained a stay on a recent notice issued to it by the Public Works Department seeking its response on why toll had been hiked without the approval of the state government.

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