Yeddyurappa to convene meeting on highway project
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Last Updated: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 17:58
Bangalore: Under constant attack from opposition JD-S and Congress over the affairs of NICE, the promoters of Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yeddyurappa today said he would convene a meeting of top leaders of the two parties early next month.

"All prominent leaders of Congress and JD-S will be called to that meeting to find out a solution to the project," he told reporters here in an apparent to bid to ensure that the NICE row did not hit the prospects of BJP in the March 28 elections to Bruhut Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP).

Yeddyurappa, however, ruled out shelving the project, which has been hanging fire for long, and asserted it would be implemented in accordance with the rulings of the Supreme Court, the high court and the Framework Agreement (signed with Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise - NICE).

The government was ready to provide land and NICE should commence road work simultaneously from Mysore and Bangalore ends, he said.

Yeddyurappa rejected JD-S demand for convening of a special legislature session to debate on the affairs of NICE, remarking "when we hold the session, they will not raise it".

The opposition was free to discuss the project during the extended budget session to be convened during July, he said.

Former Prime Minister H D Devegowda, heading the JD-S, has been spearheading a stir against NICE for the last two months accusing it of grabbing farmers' land.

Yeddyurappa said all former chief ministers, including Deve Gowda, who had been involved in making decisions on NICE would be invited for the meeting.

If excess land had been acquired, it would be returned to farmers, he said replying to a question.

Yeddyurappa said his government planned to take up mono- rail project, construction of super speciality hospitals and satellite bus stations on all the four directions in the city.

The existing Race Course would be developed as a park after it was shifted, Yeddyurappa said.

Allaying apprehensions by authorities over getting supply of beef to zoo animals in the wake of ban on cow slaughter, for which a Bill was passed by the state assembly last week, he said government would take steps to ensure supply of beef.

"I will not allow animals to suffer. I will soon convene a meeting of officials to find a solution", he said.

Yeddyurappa claimed that his government has given a boost to infrastructure development of Bangalore city in the last two years after it took over the reins of administration.

"What earlier governments could not achieve in ten years has been done in just two years," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, March 23, 2010, 17:58

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