Wednesday, July 28, 2010

NICE gets the go-ahead for road near Gottigere

NICE gets the go-ahead for road near Gottigere

Staff Reporter
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BANGALORE: The Karnataka High Court on Tuesday permitted Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE) to go ahead with the road project near Gottigere on the outskirts of Bangalore.

Justice Rammohan Reddy passed the order on petitions by some landowners of Gottigere who had challenged the acquisition of their lands by NICE for the contentious Bangalore-Mysore expressway.

The expressway, called Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise or Project (BMICP), had run into rough weather following complaints of excess acquisition of land. In this case too, the petitioners had alleged that although their lands were not required for the project, NICE wanted the lands for putting up projects other than the roadwork.

Advocate-General Ashok Harnahalli submitted that the alignment was as per the Outer Development Plan (ODP). He said even the Supreme Court had sometime ago approved the project as per the ODP.

Justice Rammohan Reddy vacated the stay order and permitted NICE to go ahead with the roadwork. He continued the stay on acquisition of lands in and around Gottigere for projects other than roadwork.

He adjourned further hearing of the case.

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