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Old 28th January 2009, 22:34   #241
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Thanks Vikram, this should make life a little bit easy for vehicles with low ground clearance.
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Guys,
I heard that Nice Road entry section on Bannerghatta Road towards Mysore Road has been tarred. In the interim until proper intersection comes up, this is great news as car owners can too enter into this road from Bannerghatta road.
Can somebody confirm this news.
Yes, it is tarred. I have come from Mysore Road (actually all the way from Tumkur Road) till Bannerghata Road on Tuesday. But then lost the way to take the road to Hosur Road and end up in BG Road traffic :(
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Hosur Road is after Bannerghatta Road when coming from Tumkur Road.
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Hosur Road is after Bannerghatta Road when coming from Tumkur Road.
I feel what he meant was he couldnt get into the NICE road again from BG road to reach Hosur road. And I think this section is still not repaired.
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I feel what he meant was he couldnt get into the NICE road again from BG road to reach Hosur road. And I think this section is still not repaired.
Yes, that's exactly what I meant.

Even if the road is incomplete can some body give the direction?
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I travelled last weekend from Hosur road to BG road and back... there was no toll collected.
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Some statistics.

1) Hosur Road to Bannerghatta Road = 12Kms (not sure how much Toll)
Entry SUPER at Hosur Rd, CRAPPY EXIT at Bghatta Rd, Gowda still rules!!

2) BGhatta Rd to Kanakkapura Rd = 8Kms (13Rs for a sedan)
Fully metalled and good to drive (Watch out for mother of all STEEP exits)

3) KPura Rd to Mysore Rd = 8Kms (16Rs for a sedan)
Fully metalled and good to drive, watch out for current confusing exit at mysore rd side!!

4) Mysore Rd to Magadi Rd = 13Kms (33Rs from MYSORE to TUMKUR Rd)
Confusing entry @ mysore Rd, Fully metalled and GREAT to drive
Magadi Rd is a near non-existant exit, so you DONT pass thru the magadi rd as such, its only a small deviation off NICE rd to meet Magadi rd. Toll gate is after the deviation.

5) Magadi Rd to Tumkur Rd = 9Kms (33Rs from MYSORE to TUMKUR Rd)
Great drive and BIG exit at Tumkur Rd. Connects Blore-Pune rd in a swift fashion.

---------I did entire strech in less than 1:30 Hrs, only GRUDGE being the HUGE deviaiton in Mysore road (lost more than 20mins there) and the BGhatta point (of course...!!!)-------

Toll for 50Kms is BIT STEEP at 62Rs~, Kheny must rething his pricing strategy...!!
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Default Yawn... one more day, one more news... 3-feb-09, TOI, Blore

Gowda’s BMIC letter in Lok Ayukta’s court


HC Passes Gag Order On Parties; Dismisses PIL On Toll

TIMES NEWS NETWORK


Bangalore: The decade-old BMIC row took a new turn on Monday with the Karnataka high court asking the Lok Ayukta to inquire into the allegations made by former prime minister Deve Gowda in his letter and the booklet addressed to the judiciary regarding anomalies in the multi-billion-road project.
The division Bench headed by the Chief Justice also passed a gag order asking the parties not to air anything in public either in media or by writing letters to judges about the issue anymore.
“Though embarrassed to receive such a letter about a matter pending before court, we treated it as a PIL to put an end to the whole issue. We don’t allow this court to become a political platform though this letter has given a way for that. Stop politicizing the issue. Nobody is above law. This kind of writing letters to judges and going to press about the issue should stop,” the Bench observed.
Earlier, Surendra Desai, counsel for Gowda, told the court that he would like to file an affidavit to come with more details. “The January 8 letter and the booklet enclosed with it were elaborate. The timing was inappropriate. We have taken conscious decision to treat the letter as PIL — it is a positive decision. We are not an investigative agency and don’t intend to do so either. So we want to place that before an appropriate agency. We don’t believe in any commission or committee probing the matter,” the Bench said.
Opposing the move, NICE counsel Jayakumar S Patil told the court that the decision of the court to treat the letter as PIL has been challenged before the apex court and it is coming up for hearing on February 6. He then requested for 4 weeks time to file objections to the letter.
The court first thought of CoD and then suggestion came from advocate general Udaya Holla and others about Lok Ayukta. After getting consent from government and counsel representing Gowda, the court entrusted the inquiry to Lok Ayukta. The Bench dismissed the PIL filed by a state DSS leader challenging the alignment of 41-km peripheral road and the decision of the state government to permit NICE company to collect toll from vehicles from December.

Not a NICE move...


Writing to the judges (such as the letter written by Deve Gowda) should stop... Issues surrounding the BMIC project should not be politicised.

— Justice Dinakaran


I will take up the inquiry as per the high court’s directive. Though my hands are full and our infrastructure is very limited, I will conduct the inquiry in a manner that does not hamper my other responsibilities.

— Justice N Santosh Hedge | LOK AYUKTA



‘It’s like a snakes & ladders story’


Bangalore: The division Bench headed by the Chief Justice which continued till evening hearing on the contempt petition related to BMIC project in respect of road alignment over the Gottigere Lake, suggested for an early settlement through arbitration if all parties agree to that.
“It’s because of egoistic attitude that this dispute has drawn so much attention. How many hours of judicial time has it taken? May be over 100 sitting days. We fail to understand this. It is like a snakes and ladders story. We don’t know which is head and which is tail,” the Bench remarked. While the petitioner claimed that there was a 2-km deviation in the alignment, the state said that the road is in the very same alignment. The court asked the petitioner why it took them 10 long years to approach the court in this matter.
V Nagaraj, state co-coordinator of DSS in his PIL, not only challenged the December 18 notification issued by the government permitting the NICE company to collect toll from motorists for using the road but also claimed the road alignment is not as per original framework agreement.
“The 41-km road, which NICE claims as peripheral road, is in fact a BDA road. They cannot claim toll on it. The road should have started from 17 km on Hosur Road,” the petition states.
“But the present road has 2 km deviation and passes through 15 km Hosur Road, Begur, Hammadevanahalli, BM Kaval reserve forest, Chodenapura, Srikantapura and 17 km on Tumkur Road. They have usurped the road belonging to BDA. We couldn’t lay hands on these notifications as government was not forthcoming. All these have been now obtained under RTI,’’ the petitioner has claimed.
Apart from seeking a restraint on collection of toll, the petitioners also sought restricting traffic on the peripheral and link roads.

DEVIATION



PIL:

There was deviation in the alignment to the tune of 2 km. They have usurped the road belonging to BDA-PIL

State:

NICE Road is in the very same alignment

HC to petitioner:

Why did it take 10 years to approach the court?




WHAT DEVE GOWDA WROTE...

The JD(S) chief had written a letter in January to judges of the high court and enclosed a book titled “Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project: A case study in fraud and collusion to defeat ends of justice” alleging that the project entrusted to NICE was riddled with irregularities and there was a “massive fraud worth more than Rs 30,000 crore”.






WHAT THE COURT SAID

Embarrassed to receive such a letter about a matter pending before court
We treated it as PIL to put an end to issue
Parties not to air anything in public
This letter has given a way for politicizing the issue. We won’t allow this court to become a political platform
The egoistic attitude made this dispute to draw so much
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Twists and turns in BMIC route



Here are some important facts about the tussle between former PM H D Deve Gowda and NICE, implementation agency for Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor





GOTTIGERE LAKE

Gottigere lake located in Gottigere village on Bannerghatta Road is said to be more than 500 years old. It is a live tank and forms the source of discharge to the downstream lakes like Hulimaavu, Madiwala and Bellandur. The total area of the lake is 14.98 hectares and the waterspread area as per Lake Development Authority is 8.52 hectares. NICE, which entered into an agreement with the state government in April 1997, decided to build a peripheral road. This alignment passes through Gottigere Lake, bisecting the same at grade. Based on a petition by environmentalist Suresh Heblikar, high court in June 1999 ordered NICE not to lay any road bisecting the lake, preventing or disturbing the inflow of water into the lake. The order was accepted by NICE and even the PWD in June 2002 accepted the NICE proposal to build an alternative. A realignment for building peripheral road was proposed. However, due to various reasons the matter is pending in the high court.

TIMELINE


The Kalyani Group, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin & SAB Eng (both US companies), sign contract with then chief minister H D Deve Gowda in 1995
After Congress-JD(S) coalition government came to power in May 2004, Gowda starts dashing off letters to then CM N Dharam Singh to stop the project
His son H D Revanna, who was PWD minister, constitutes a committee under retired engineer K C Reddy to review the land grant to NICE
On May 3, 2005, Karnataka high court delivers verdict allowing NICE to go ahead with the project
Coalition government does everything possible to stall the project despite court giving green signal
On April 20, 2006, apex court upholds high court order and slams the government which is now headed by Gowda’s son H D Kumaraswamy. The court observes: “The entire appeal was with mala fide intention.’’ It imposes penalty of Rs 5 lakh on the state government for bringing before it with frivolous arguments an appeal against the high court
In June, following release of documents by BMIC promoters NICE that Gowda’s family owned lands near the project, Gowda says he is willing to “slit his throat’’ if it is found that he or his family members own any land around BMIC
July 3, 2006, Kumaraswamy government files petition before Supreme Court seeking review of its April 20 order and rehearing of matter. Petition is dismissed
November 2006, NICE files contempt petition against government
In August 2007, government orders that Karnataka Industrial Areas Development Board shall not execute any more sale deed alienating land in favour of project promoter, NICE. It also files an additional affidavit in SC seeking permission to complete BMIC by Global Infrastructure Consortium (GIC), replacing NICE
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Such a waste of time and energy!

On the Courts query on why it took 10 years - simple - the opposition might have initially thought they will get the right cut, but now when it seems otherwise, they cry!
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The JD(S) chief had written a letter in January to judges of the high court and enclosed a book titled “Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project: A case study in fraud and collusion to defeat ends of justice” alleging that the project entrusted to NICE was riddled with irregularities and there was a “massive fraud worth more than Rs 30,000 crore”....
Pot calling kettle black ?

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arindamray: there are two road that lead you to NICE road from BG.. one just before Mantri residency... fully tarred and the other one just opposite country club.. a section of it is very bad
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Going from Indiranagar to say Hubli - is it worth going to Hosur road and taking the NICE road till Tumkur road? Would it save time? How much more would the distance be?
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Going from Indiranagar to say Hubli - is it worth going to Hosur road and taking the NICE road till Tumkur road? Would it save time? How much more would the distance be?
From Indiranagar you are better off taking the route through the city as opposed to taking the NICE road. Taking the nice road would take more time and would be much longer as well.

Fastest way for you would be to take the Bellary road and then take the road that connects it with Tumkur road (not the ORR but via Doddaballapur). I remember akroy and hvkumar mentioning that some time back.
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Hondadude,

Thanks - never knew such a road existed. Have to look it up.
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