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?