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‘Place PWD's stand on land allotment to NICE before Supreme Court'

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making a point:The former Prime Minister H.D.Deve Gowda addressing a press conference in Bangalore on Monday.
making a point:The former Prime Minister H.D.Deve Gowda addressing a press conference in Bangalore on Monday.

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Yeddyurappa cautioned against succumbing to NICE demand

BANGALORE: The former Prime Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) president H.D. Deve Gowda on Monday called upon Chief Minister B.S. Yeddyurappa to place before the Supreme Court the stand taken by the Public Works Department (PWD) against allotment of land around the toll road on the outskirts of Bangalore to Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE).

Addressing presspersons here, Mr Gowda said the PWD had rightly refused sanction of 776 acres of land around Bangalore that NICE had been seeking to take up housing and other commercial development. For, housing and commercial development of land could be taken up by NICE only in the five townships according to the Frame Work Agreement and not around the toll road in Bangalore, Mr. Gowda said.

Mr. Gowda cautioned Mr. Yeddyurappa against succumbing to the demand by NICE, which has written a letter to the Chief Secretary on May 18, 2010 seeking land for the project. “If the stand of PWD is thwarted to facilitate the looting objective of NICE, I am afraid you will be testing the patience of the peace-loving farmers,” Mr. Gowda warned.

The former Prime Minister also sought to remind Mr. Yeddyurappa the promise he had made to the people of the State that he would quit his post if an inch of excess land was given to NICE. “If Mr. Yeddyurappa is sincere to his words, he will direct the Chief Secretary to reply to the NICE by repeating the stand taken by the PWD”.

Mr. Gowda also released a copies of his letter dated May 22, 2010 addressed to the Chief Minister on the issue. “I make a very humble and sincere request to you as Chief Minister of the State to see that good sense prevails to prevent a potential Singur-like situation emerging in Karnataka,” he warned.

Also, Mr. Gowda called upon the Chief Minister to take up as the agenda of the High Level Committee and Empowered Committee the official agenda prepared by the PWD. “Do not suppress this record from the Supreme Court in collusion with NICE”, he said.

Mr. Gowda voiced concern over the delay in the filing of the report of the High Level Committee.

Though the Supreme Court on January 11, 2010, said the report should be filed in six weeks, the State Government was resorting to the tactic of postponing the Supreme Court hearing in the matter as it is in trouble. “What prevents you from filing the report on the basis of the PWD stand?” Mr Gowda sought to know.

Mr Gowda threatened to begin a series of farmers' awakening meetings in Mysore, Mandya, Ramanagaram and Bangalore Rural districts from June 7.

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