Bengaluru: The state government is contemplating to constitute a supervisory panel for the effective implementation of House committee report on the violation of the framework agreement by the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) which is implementing the Bengaluru-Mysuru Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project, according to Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs T B Jayachandra.
Speaking with media persons here, Minister Jayachandra said the state government wanted to implement developmental projects for the benefit of people and it has decided to ensure that such developmental projects would not become like NICE project. “The House committee has already submitted its report on the irregularities in implementing BMIC project. The government will constitute a supervisory committee for the effective implementation of the committee report,’’ Minister Jayachandra said.
The minister said that NICE management has collected the toll from the road-users even the government has decided not to collect the toll after demonetization. “The NICE management has collected toll worth Rs 1.53 crore per day. The committee has recommended to recover the toll amount from the NICE management. Hundreds of cases are pending in various courts. The government will take suitable action after taking all the issues into consideration. We became helpless by agreeing to the clause that allows to settle all disputes in London only. We have submitted the report by keeping all these issue in mind,’’ the minister said.
He said the road between Bengaluru and Mysuru has been developed with the Central Government’s assistance and the doubling of railway track between Bengaluru and Mysuru almost ready. He refused to comment on whether the government has decided to stop the development of road between Bengaluru and Mysuru by the NICE.
He said the House committee was of the opinion that 12,000 acres of land acquired for the BMIC project should be returned to the farmers. “The government will take a decision on what to be done in this regard,’’ he said.
16,24,233 pending cases
The minister for law and parliamentary affairs said there are 16,24,233 cases pending at various courts in the state and among them government cases are 91,540. The minister said the cases remain pending in the courts for quite a long time. “The cases pending for more than two years and nine months are categorized as pending cases. Advocates representing the government fail to attend the court on time. This is the reason for the increase in the number of pending cases,’’ he said.