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NICE Proposes to Build Part of Bengaluru’s Peripheral Ring Road

Nice Proposes To Build Part Of Bengaluru's Peripheral Ring Road

Bengaluru: Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE), after over a decade constructing a 41-kilometre, six-lane expressway, has proposed to take on a segment of the Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) project. Sources reveal that a delegation led by Ashok Kheny met with Deputy Chief Minister D K Shivakumar, offering to build a 19-kilometre stretch from Tumakuru Road to Ballari Road, connecting to Kempegowda International Airport (KIA).

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This proposal comes amidst the Bangalore Development Authority’s (BDA) struggle to attract bidders for the 74-kilometre PRR project, having floated three tenders over the past three years without success. The 19-kilometre stretch proposed by NICE is seen as lucrative due to its potential for higher toll collection compared to other segments where the Satellite Town Ring Road (STRR) runs parallel.

“We have offered to build 19 km of a six-lane road by acquiring about 500 acres without government funding,” stated Kheny, managing director of NICE and a former Congress MLA. Despite this, the government is expected to follow standard tender procedures before accepting the offer.

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The NICE Road project has been mired in controversy, with allegations of violating the framework agreement by acquiring excess land, charging tolls without project completion, and illegal quarrying. A 2016 Karnataka legislature house committee report recommended a probe by the CBI, Enforcement Directorate, or Central Vigilance Commission into these irregularities and advised halting toll collection.

Kheny dismissed these allegations, claiming the committee conducted the probe without considering their perspective, and added that accusations arise because “they treat us like an ATM machine.”

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