While a Legislative Assembly committee is probing the alleged violation of the framework agreement by Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) in implementing the Bangalore–Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project, the government has now asked the Institute for Social and Economic Change (ISEC) to conduct a study on socio-economic impact of the project.
Sources in the Public Works Department (PWD) told The Hindu that ISEC had been asked to study the tangible and intangible benefits caused by the controversial project. The House committee, headed by Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister T.B. Jayachandra, has asked the PWD to seek the study report from ISEC on the viability of the project.
The decision comes as the House committee, set up on September 4, 2014, has not been able to submit its report within the stipulated three months’ time. One of the reasons the committee has not completed its report is the hundreds of court- related files and judgments in the implementation of the project and land acquisition, sources said. They added that the involvement of several government departments complicated the matter.
Meanwhile, the 11-member House committee has decided to seek services of H.N. Nagmohan Das, retired judge of the High Court of Karnataka, to study the legal aspects of the project, sources in the Law Ministry said.
An official in the PWD said the viability study of the project was done before executing BMIC.
Now, the House committee as well as the department decided study the socio-economic impact of the project to find out the benefits to the State economy and the impact of the project on the people living adjacent to the proposed road, nearby villages, socio-economic conditions of farmers from whom land had been acquired to the project.
The framework agreement was signed with NICE in 1997 for developing BMIC, townships and utilities, including power and water-processing plants. Ashok Kheny, MLA, is the promoter of NICE.
Services of retired High Court judge H.N. Nagmohan Das to be sought to study the legal aspects