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Excess land allotted for BMIC project should be withdrawn, demand activists

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‘Lokayukta probe revealed 1,100 acres of private land was acquired in excess'

‘Bureaucrats fudged figures regarding the extent of land to be acquired'


Bangalore: Members of Janapara Sangathanegala Okkoota (Federation of Progressive Organisations), on Tuesday, demanded that the State Government immediately withdraw the excess 1,100 acres allotted to the controversial Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project.

Addressing presspersons here, Kodihalli Chandrashekar of Karnataka Rajya Raitha Sangha said a preliminary inquiry by the Lokayukta had revealed that 1,100 acres of private land around Bangalore was acquired in excess, violating the framework agreement.

He said if remedial measures were not taken, the okkoota will launch an agitation.

Copies of the final scrutiny note that reveals the excess allotment, prepared by the Additional Registrar (Enquiries-1) and approved by Lokayukta N. Santosh Hegde on April 18, were released at the press conference.

“Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa had referred to the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) as a ‘blade company' when he was Leader of the Opposition in the Karnataka Legislative Assembly. It is unfortunate that he is now supporting the same blade company,” Mr. Chandrashekar said.

Indudhara Honnapura, secretary of Sarvodaya Karnataka Paksha, alleged that bureaucrats had fudged figures regarding the extent of land to be acquired as well as stamp duty exemption.

“All this was done while allowing the project developer to sell the permitted extent of land in the five townships. Stringent action should be taken against the officials,” he demanded.

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