'Gowda doesn't want good of B'lore'
Surfers are shocked the former PM was holding forth such a crucial project.india Updated: May 09, 2006 14:55 IST
Hindustan Times carried an investigative story on how former Prime Minister HD Deve Gowda was creating problems in the completion of the ambitious Bangalore expressway.
The problem was that under the influence of the present chief minister HD Kumaraswamy, the former PM was not releasing land to build entry and exit ramps.
This took place despite the Supreme Court directive on April 20 that had ordered the release of all land (6,200 acres for the first phase) to project builders, the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise Ltd.
The irony -- Gowda, as state chief minister in 1995, had cleared the project.
After falling out with Ashok Kheny, managing director of the Nandi consortium and a Kannadiga settled in the US, he had leaned on the previous Congress government to stop the release of land acquired for the expressway and the townships.
Gowda calls it "real-estate business" though it is an accepted way of infrastructure development worldwide.
And this hasn't gone down with the surfers. Here's how they have reacted.
Writing under a pseudonym PCM from Alameda, USA said, "I was horrified to read about these facts. This way, India will never progress. First, it was Dabhol power project -- the consequences you can see several years later; Maharashtra is reeling in power shortage. Gowda and all parties should be prosecuted and jailed. I can't believe this guy was former PM! But who is going to prosecute him? Nobody."
Prakash Chandra from Bangalore, reacts, "It's clear that Deve Gowda is acting only in his own interest and for his own ego. He has a lot of land around these areas and he hates the builders for not paying him enough. It's high time the public took some action. The Supreme Court needs to order his imprisonment for perjury or Bangaloreans need to gather to oust the government. There's no other way out."
Prasanna from Bangalore said, "Gowda is a 'kala dhabba' on Bangalore. People must realise that he is indulging in the cheap politics. Until and unless people don't understand and act, he will continue this way. He is one who stopped all developments in Bangalore."
Sidharth from Sydney, rues, "Gowda's dilly-dallying tactics to implement an important project is another classic example, which proves that India can only improve by night - when the babus and netas sleep. These two categories of people pose the biggest impediment to India, from becoming an economic power."
Raju from Bangalore, said, "Most of the politicians are corrupt to the core and their decisions are not based on profitability to society and people they represent. Instead it depends more on how profitable the project is to their kith and kin. Articles like this are necessary to bring out the facts and make people aware of the issues. It's a pity that this has not been brought up by any of the local news media."
It is unfortunate that general well-being is sacrificed for personal whims!
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