Friday, January 29, 2010

Gowda’s dharna disrupts traffic

Gowda’s dharna disrupts traffic
Bangalore, Jan 28, DHNS:

Former prime minister H D Deve Gowda, on Thursday, chose Nrupathunga Road, where the Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board (KIADB) office is located, to stage a protest against alleged acquisition of excess land for the BMIC project.

Leaders of the Left parties and people from villages where the land had been notified for the project accompanied the JD(S) chief in the dharna.

The procession, which started at Race Course Road culminated at KIADB office on Nrupathunga Road. Vehicles moved at snail’s pace leading to congestion on surrounding roads as motorists started taking different directions. The police had a tough time in ensuring smooth flow of traffic. Protesters gathered at the KIADB office for nearly two hours.

The dharna was to demand the Board to release details of the land acquisition process for the BMIC project.

Gowda said there were many confusions over the land notified for the project.
The public whose land had been notified for the project were unaware whether their land was notified as per the original framework of the project or the subsequent changes that successive governments brought in the project or the Outline Development Plan.

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