Namma metro’s NICE project makes progress

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa instructed the BMRCL officials to deposit the amount in court and go ahead with the civil work.

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Namma metro’s NICE project makes progress
Namma metro’s NICE project makes progress

BANGALORE (Metro Rail News): Construction work which has not taken off for the last three years due to compensation issues on the four-acre Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE) land, will finally be seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.

On Monday, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa instructed the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) officials to deposit the amount in court and go ahead with the civil work.

The delay over acquiring four acres of NICE land is hampering the Metro work on the Mysore road (Challaghatta stretch) Tumkur road (Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) stretch, Kanakapura Main road stretch, and the Hosur road stretch.

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While the BMRCL requires NICE land to build a station at BIEC, the NICE land is required to build the viaduct. Currently, the BMRCL is unable to start the work on four stretches of Phase II project as the NICE company has brought court stay on the land acquisition process undertaken by the KIADB.

Officials said their first priority is to get the stay order vacated. The instructions were given after the BMRCL reached out to the CM for advice on fixing the compensation amount for the NICE Land. Top officials who attended the closed-door meeting on Monday said that the CM had asked the Advocate General of Karnataka to give an opinion on fixing the compensation package. NICE was not willing to comment on the subject.

A spokesperson from the NICE company told “The matter is subjudice. We have contested the land acquisition process in the High Court”.

It’s learned that the NICE firm challenged the way compensation of its land was evaluated by the KIADB. The sources in the company said “When the IT companies, who got the land for cheaper prices from the KIADB, can claim as much compensation as other land losers, why is the land acquisition agency discriminating against NICE? Let the KIADB offer the same amount of compensation as it is offering to the adjacent properties. We are not asking for more,”.

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