Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Remove hurdles in way of BMIC project: SC

Remove hurdles in way of BMIC project: SC

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday suggested that chief minister BS Yeddyurappa convene a high-level meeting for removing hurdles in implementation of the ambitious Rs750 crore Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project.
A bench of Justice Tarun Chatterjee, Justice RM Lodha and Justice Deepak Verma gave the suggestion while demanding a status report from the Karnataka government on the implementation of the project. The bench also wanted the state government to approach it with "appropriate application", possibly a transfer petition, to remove the hurdles in expeditious implementation of the project, in the form of lawsuits opposing it before the high court.
The bench gave the suggestion as the apex court in 2006 had already endorsed the legality of the project, involving building an expressway between Bangalore and Mysore with the provision to develop five township along it.
The bench gave these directions while hearing a petition by Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE), which has sought contempt to court proceedings against seven state government officials for allegedly derailing the project and foiling its expeditious implementation despite an April 2006 order of the apex court. The project was originally conceived in 1997. —IANS


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