Bengaluru: Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda has written a letter to Chief Minister Siddaramaiah urging him to immediately convene a meeting of the empowered committee monitoring the implementation of the Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project to take measures to ensure no excess land is handed over to the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (Nice), which is executing the project.
Releasing copies of the letter at a press conference here on Friday, Gowda said it had been confirmed in 2010 by the Public Works Department and the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board that 554 acres of excess land had been handed over to Nice for the
peripheral road and link road of the BMIC.
However, Nice had suppressed the facts and filed a petition before the Karnataka High Court, which had in November 2013 passed an order that 344 of the 544 acres were not in excess, he alleged.
Gowda said Siddaramaiah should convene a meeting of the empowered committee and take a decision on filing a review petition before the High Court or file a Special Leave Petition before the Supreme Court challenging the November 2013 order.
Gowda alleged that the project promoters had fabricated various government records in their favour in collusion with the officials. He reiterated his demand for a Central Bureau of Investigation(CBI) inquiry, or a probe by a special investigation team, into the lapses.