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BMIC row: Karnataka agrees to release land

Under the project, NICE has to construct a 162 kms of road requiring 6999 acres and the state is ready and willing to forthwith fulfil its obligations.

india Updated: Jun 17, 2006 19:37 IST

A day after Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) declared open a small stretch of road defying the authority's directive, the JDS-BJP government on Saturday sought to "limit the scope" of the project by declaring that it would release land required for road construction and not immediately for five townships.

"Under the project, NICE has to construct a 162 kms of road requiring 6999 acres and the state is ready and willing to forthwith fulfil its obligations in view of the Supreme Court order," Additional Chief Secretary and Principal Secretary to PWD PB Mahishi said in a letter addressed to NICE on Saturday.

The state is taking emergent steps to make available 2193 acres of land for construction of peripheral road and seven interchanges and 278 acres for link road and an interchange, the letter NICE.

"You (NICE) as a respondent before the Supreme Court is equally bound to honour the verdict to implement the project as "originally conceived" and confine yourself to the rights available in the Framework Agreement," it told NICE, the executors of the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor project envisaging a six-lane expressway and five townships.

Mahishi pointed out that the Supreme Court has recorded in its judgment that "it is pertinent to note that NICE can develop township only after Expressway is completed" and thus delineating the road component from townships project.