The decision of the H.D. Kumaraswamy government to call for global tenders for the implemention of the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC), puts a completely new spin on the project. On the one hand, the decision, coming just a month before the JDS’s promised “transfer of power” to the BJP, seems designed to complicate the legal wrangles, leaving future governments to bear the brunt. And, on the other hand, it seems certain to delay further if not derail completely the project that has been in the works since 1997.
Questions: Is the government move right or wrong? Whose cause is the decision intended to serve—that of the farmers whose lands are at stake, or of vested interests shadow-boxing in their name? Is the Global Infastructure Limited that has expressed interest just a benami front created to fool the public and the courts? Will the decision to annul the tripartite agreement bring further ignominy on the State in the Supreme Court, which has minced no words on earlier occasions? And, are infrastructure projects in the State becoming a victim of the whims and fancies of politicians who can’t look beyond their noses?
Once again, I sincerely hope that Supreme Court kicks these morons where it hurts the most so they don’t try it again.
Why blame only politicians? I roughly remember reading about a ugly consultative meeting held in Kings Kourt in late 90s (1996 or 1997) in which honourable citizenry led by a retired Maj Gen played frisbees with chinaware.
Better dead than late.
Ahemdebad-Baroda….finished. (However: this was built, designed, conceptualized and funded ENTIRELY by the central government. Governmet of Guj. did not pay a single paisa. They did nothing; the expressway is part of the GQ stretch which passes through Gujarat and hence had to be built. This is to clarify to those who credit the state government.
OTOH, the Mumbai-Pune one at least is finished and Bang-Mysore is self-funded (i.e. KA government.)
Hats off to Gowda and his son for scuttling this project which would have turned the entire bengaluru mysuru stretch another MG road or commercial street, marvadis, kongas and all.
No doubt kumara swamy is one of the worst chief minister I have ever seen…He doesn’t have any eligibility to rule the state…He is so childish whenever he speaks to media..He knows only publicity stunts like gramamvasa etc…but I dont know how many villages it helped
sisya – you forgot the Reddys’ .
And guru – You said it yourselves – “You dont know .”
who according to you was a better CM- Dharamsingh ? SM ?
Pity the Maha government had to build Mumbai-Pune expressway. It has turned Pune into another Mumbai. Good that Bangaluru-Mysore expressway has been stalled.
A better option:
Hopefully a lot of Kannadigas will go to these states and do there what the outsiders have done here. But I’m not sure if these chaps are quite so tolerant. And if people are ready to go-especially in Kerala, TN.
While you are all talking of an expressway to Mysore, a Simple working ‘WAY’ to Mangalore would be highly appreciated by people of coastal region. There isn’t one road to Mangalore that doesn’t take more than 10hours to cover a a distance of just 350km. It is almost like Mangalore is cut off from rest of Karnataka (for that matter India)!!