Bangalore: JDS supremo H D Deve Gowda has
again trained his guns on NICE executing Bangalore-Mysore
Infrastructure Corridor Project and sought revival of a global
tender that was floated during the chief ministership of his
son H D Kumaraswamy.
"The loot of Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise
(NICE) has been laid bare by Yamuna Expressway being executed
on the same basis from Noida to Agra," Deve Gowda told
Stating that the comparison was stark, he noted that NICE
had to build 161 km of road (111 km expressway, 41 km
peripheral and 9.1 link road). Out of this, 111 km is
six-lane. Yamuna Expressway is 165 km, all six-lane, concrete
expandable to eight-lane.
He said NICE has been permitted to do later only a tar
road instead of concrete.
Yamuna Expressway infrastructure corridor consists of
five townships, and BMIC also comprises five townships.
"But Yamuna Expressway townships aggregate to 6,217 acres
whereas NICE gets more than double -- 13,194 acres. NICE gets
land at average Rs two lakh to Rs five lakh per acre and
government land at Rs ten per acre annually -- Contractor
Jaypee Infra Tech (of Yamuna project) gets land at average
price of Rs 26 lakh per acre," Deve Gowda said.
Still, NICE is not satisfied and wants thousands of acres
extra in Bangalore itself, despite getting double the
development rights than Yamuna Expressway, he said.
Deve Gowda alleged that NICE conspired with the
Yeddyurappa government to cancel global tenders floated by
then Kumaraswamy government.