In news just coming in, the Public Works Department (PWD) of the Karnataka government has asked NICE, the promoters of the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor, not to go ahead with the inauguration of one stretch of the expressway planned for tomorrow.
According to CNN-IBN's Deepa Balakrishnan, the PWD secretary has sent a notice saying the inauguration would violate a key clause of the contractual agreement. Which is, that the road should be inspected and cleared by the PWD before it is thrown open to the public.
That the PWD notice has come up with this lame excuse just hours before the inauguration, which has been advertised in every single newspaper since early June tells its own story. But coming as it does a day after the government cheque for Rs 5 lakh bounced, it shows the near-complete collapse of trust between the government and NICE.
That neither Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy nor the Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa wants to confirm either the receipt of the invitation card for inauguration, or their attendance, is the icing on the rotten cake. Is this the kind of signal the State should be sending to investors?
That they aren't welcome, that whatever they do is at their own risk, that everything is renegotiable, that even the orders of the highest court in the land does not apply in the "Republic of Ragi"—that we will pose every obstacle if we do not have our way?
I think the PWD is just following the proceedure/rules ( why shouldnt it ? )they need everything to delay so that ‘KHENEY and CROONIES’ handover
all the land acquired by them in name of ROAD WORK.
it is galling to see churumuri going the TOI way. maat ettadre, HC case geddidini, SC case geddidini anta rule book itkonu maataaDOnige, adanna samarthisO mediagE(the likes of TOI usually, churumuri has joined in now), ivaaga elli hOgittu aa buddi. avanE baay baDkotirO contractalle aa thara bardide andare, adanna paalisali.
if the contract says that the road should be inspected and cleared by the PWD before being opened to public, then it says that. what is wrong with that? it is totally fair and justified. if it was some other country, like US or Europe or Singapore, Kheny might have been dragged to court and charged criminally if he had sold a product(a road in this case) without the required approvals and inspections.
if someone wants to circumvent or worse, disregard inspection in a public works project, he either has something to hide or is criminal or both.
if Churumuri has put a headline
‘Has JD(S)-BJP coalition lost all sense of shame? ‘…
you can see which side Churumuri has taken
You cannot have it both ways. On the one hand, you say the contract is invalid because Kheny is a crook, but on the other, you have to pass an inspection because it is in the contract. artHa aagtilla.
We all know ‘Inspection’ is just a reason to delay his Inaguration os the stretch .First get back all land and we know Congress if benefitted greatly in this deal.
This may not as black and white as the ToI and its ilk are making it to be. The only thing clear is that mannina magaa and his balaga have their grubby palms in all of this. But Kheny and co. may not be as clean as the newspapers want us to think.
So because Kheny is a crook and there were lot of irregularities in the land acquisition, the government thinks it has all rights in stalling the project! now i would like to know which project in India has been done with all integrity and honesty? Lets face it everyone involved in ‘public service’ are all crooks. Be it Kumaraswamy or his father Dewe Gowda or even Yeduriyappa. I think the biggest benificary from all this tamasha going on in Bangalore is YSR Reddy because investors will now think twice in investing in ‘sun shine’ Karnataka. If these are the signs of things to come in Karnataka then very soon AP will soon have a NICE lead over Karnataka in IT and in all the so called sun shine sectors!
and… talking about objectivity please!!!! i think enough is enough. It is so obvious that Kumaraswamy is not god damn bothered about the humble farmer. If he is so bothered about the original sons of the soil then he should look into all the land deals involved between the government and the IT companies. Does Kumaraswamy and his ilk have the balls to do it??? and do you IT guys have the balls to ask your bosses about how many farmers have been screwed in the whole process?
Thats why yesterday karunanidhi has offered Land in Chennai
Atleast if they start moving out of bangalore ..it will be less crowded to that extent .I think we dont need any more investments
“You cannot have it both ways. On the one hand, you say the contract is invalid because Kheny is a crook, but on the other, you have to pass an inspection because it is in the contract. artHa aagtilla.”
nobody said the contract is invalid because kheny is a crook. nobody even said that the contract is invalid. even HDG and HDK understand that… that is why they are trying to bring a bill and change the law itself.
now they may trying hard to bring in a new bill, change the laws and take over entire project/excess land… whatever. that is still within the constitution. it is still legal. it is not like they are threatening or killing or cutting off kheny’s limbs or something like that… that was something you saw in the mid 90s in TN when Sun tv floated SCV and took over entire cable operations in TN by brute force(remember they tried to do it to Tatas too, for god’s sakes).
now the reason DG and hdk are opposed to bmic may well be because krishna is profiting hugely from it and not because of their concern for the farmers. point taken.
but if krishna and congress are profiting so much from it, it is plain as day that they have bartered the states interests to line their own coffers. so the contract itself is suspect. very suspect. road kaTTOru road kaTTabeku… ooru yaake kattabeku adunu ooLO bhoomili…
so i dont care, why or how gowda and sons try to scuttle it, i only pray that they have their way.
on the other hand, it is kheny and co, acting ‘holier than thou’. so he should have known better than go ahead with the opening without getting the required clearances.
and even if gowda were to have his way, i am sure, it will have no bearing whatsoever on any future investments coming into the state.
maharashtra also got into a similar mess with dabhol. project ella mugida mele, they realised it was too expensive for them to afford. and it was a mess…
adarinda MH Enu muLgOyta??
So all u care abt is nimma Gowdru duddu madabeku aste…bere avru madidare… its the case of poor farmer and crooks….
Yaaruu innna (including Bill Gates to Ted Turner) ashtondu Charitable aagillla..( Gowdru bittu) ..
You talk abt MH not going down or something…see accross the landscape of MH and look at the industrializtion…and compare it to k’ntka…the only thing going for the state….IT …probably you are of the same ilk as Gowdru who are all so clouded …that you did not listen to poor farmer and the goose laying golden eggs…
Gowdaaa is bent on killing the goose…its not just BMIC think Metro, Int’l Airport, and others…
The Emperer is naked…as the next election will show !!!!!
ayyooo tholograppa yellaru..who cares about investment
Road alli kaalidakke jaga yilla
Yesterday I met a fella at a dinner in Atlanta ,Georgia . That fellow has not seen Bangalore he has bought a Flat . area yellidhe antha gothilla.
Flat complete agthidhe .Badgege bidtheeni anthane..
sakappa janru valase bandhidhu ..odihodre saaku .Rajakke manege odhre
atleast Roadsidenalli peacefulagi CHURUMURI thinna bahudhu
Dheerendra Gopal, you have displayed the typical attitude of Mr.Gowda and sons! Thavu mathra olle jeevana nadisabeku, thatvu Atlanta dalli oota madabeku, thaavu car thogombeku, the rest can go to hell. After me let pralaya doom the world!
The influx into Bangalore is via new economy industry investment. Why are you & your ilk not complaining that the treasury is overflowing with taxes? A city has to grow and improve to accomodate more investment. You are behaving like a kid who complains that he is getting oo much marks in his exam and his marks card is full of 3 digit numbers where as others have just 2 digits!
yenale dheerendra gopala………
neenu georgia dalli yarannadru meet madidre, namagenu? I have sent you to US to work. dina poorthi othla hodkondu, churumuri keredukondu kootu bidteeya. baddi haida.
swalpa sense irali, kaili key board ide, ottoke mouse ide antha bayige bandiddanne bogalabeda.
decent aagu maga, nodu naanu eega MLC and very decent
KP is so good at making people visit his blog, why the hell do you want to create nuisance by being here. start your own blog and be with it. dont be a pain and allow others to enjoy churmuri.
L’affaire BMIC sends wrong signals to the prospective investors in Karnataka. The shrewd, diplomatic Karunanidhi, Rajashekhara Reddy et al. will surely benefit from the shoddy, maladroit politicians who are a bane to our State.
Gowda seems to have vested intrests in all infrastructure projects. Why else would he want to put a spoke in:
3. Devanahalli International Airport
All in the name of “raitharu”… and Kumaraswamy is inserting foot into mouth on a daily basis.
Dheerendra Gopal heLiddu arthavaaytheNro!?
If this stupid senseless diatribe continues, I guess KP will delete this blog! >:(
karnataka government has done the right thing, it has set a good example for other state govts to follow. A CLEAR SIGNAL HAS BEEN SENT OUT TO PRIVATE ENTERPRISES , work within frame work of development, dont try to act smart, state resources are not there to be looted. as famous quote by victor hugo says,
NO ONE STOP AN IDEA WHOSE TIME HAS COME
deve gowda and k.swamy should carry forward this fight to its logical conclusion.
if pvt investors are moving out of the state, GREAT, SAY THANK U.
I think this editorial in today’s Star of Mysore says it all:
Sometimes facts are indeed stranger than fiction. So, while today’s “soft launch” of a portion of the peripheral road on the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) makes news for all the wrong reasons, the real story is in an advertisement issued by the promoters of the project, Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise. We can all endlessly quibble about whether NICE is right or the Government is right; whether excess land has been allotted or not; and whether the Deve Gowda family is opposing the project because its own lands are in danger. But…
But, if we recognise the simple reality that roads are the most basic necessity of a quality infrastructure fundamental to India’s (and Karnataka’s) progress, then the NICE advertisement says it all. From the moment H.D. Deve Gowda as Chief Minister signed the original frame-work, it has taken 4,152 days for an 8 km stretch to be readied. In other words, in purely arithmetic terms, each kilometre has taken 519 days, or exactly a year and 154 days! And as a State, we talk of marching on the super highway!
That’s not all. The NICE advertisement, even if it is motivated by no greater a motive than painting itself in glorious colours ahead of the controversial inauguration, is a monument to political, administrative and judicial ineffiency. The project has seen 7 Prime Ministers, 5 Chief Ministers, 5 PWD ministers, 9 Chief Secretaries, 9 PWD Secretaries, 8 Urban Development Department Secretaries, 10 Secretaries of Infrastructure Department, over 400 IAS officers, 120 Cabinet meetings and 10,500 signatures of government officials at various levels.
It is easy to take positions on the BMIC, pro or anti. But can any self-respecting politician, bureaucrat, government, NGO or “anti imperialist” explain this disgraceful red tape that has set our City back by a decade? If it takes one PM for every kilometre of a road to be readied, what “infrastructure challenges” does the Prime Minister talk of? If it takes 15 Cabinet meetings for every single kilometre to be laid, what is the use of the Chief Minister talking of single windows and going abroad to invite investors?
The BMIC episode is, without question, a standing disgrace to Karnataka. The State’s reputation has been dragged into the mud by personal and familial interests, riding on the shoulders of faceless farmers. We have been exposed to the world as a State that does not respect the law courts of the land. Our politicians have been exposed as a peevish lot concerned only about themselves and not the larger mass of people they are supposed to represent. And, in its 50th year, Suvarna Karnataka has been exposed, as a Calcutta newspaper said recently, as the “Bihar of the South”.