In spite of the legality of the project being cleared twice—once by the High Court and once by the Supreme Court—the H.D. Kumaraswamy government continues to play with the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor project. The government now wants to move a Bill, rather hilariously titled “Streamlining the Infrastructure, Utilisation and Reforms Bill”, that will enable it to take over the project from its promoters, Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise.
Questions: Is the Kumaraswamy government, acting clearly at the behest of former Prime Minister H.D. Deve Gowda, playing with fire? Is it trying to protect the interests of farmers by planning to reacquire the 2,450 acres of “excess land” that have been allotted to NICE, or is it really using the Assembly as a backdoor to have its way? Should the BJP go along or should it say no, even if it means the fall of the coalition government? Will such a Bill permanently scare off investors because you are never ever sure if your project is on or off?