Friday, November 20, 2009

BMIC: Government to await panel report on land price

BMIC: Government to await panel report on land price

Staff Reporter
Government agreed to provide land on 1999 value

Panel wants land to be acquired in one year

Bangalore: The State Government on Thursday refrained from taking any decision on enhancing the compensation for the villagers around Kengeri who are losing their land for the first township proposed as part of the contentious Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project (BMICP).

A high-powered committee, chaired by Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, which met here on Thursday, decided to wait for the recommendation of the price fixation committee, sources in the Commerce and Industries Department said and added that the panel would decide the compensation after discussions with the land losers and the representatives of Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises Limited (NICE), which is implementing the project.

However, the sources said, it was difficult to enhance the compensation as the Government had agreed to provide lands based on the 1999 guidance value as it was the company which had to pay the cost of acquisition. The land losers had been demanding a realistic compensation.

Meanwhile, the sources said, the committee also asked the Revenue and Public Works Departments to complete the survey of land required to complete the Bangalore-Mysore expressway portion between Bidadi and Mysore within six months and complete land acquisition process within a year.

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