Karnataka governor’s clearance to road project stayed

May 9th, 2008 - 7:28 am ICT by admin  

Bangalore, May 8 (IANS) The Election Commission Thursday stayed the Karanataka governor’s clearance for the controversial Bangalore-Mysore corridor project on the ground that it violated the model code of conduct now in force ahead of the assembly elections. The project to build a high-quality road between Bangalore and Mysore, about 139 km apart, has been embroiled in controversy over the quantum of land sanctioned to the promoters, Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE).

NICE is consortium formed by the Kalyani Group of Companies and SAB International of the US to build-own-operate-transfer (BOOT) the project.

Former prime minister H.D. Deve Gowda has taken serious objection to the sanction of huge tracts of land to build townships along the corridor, but the Supreme Court has upheld the contention of the promoters that nothing illegal has taken place in the deal.

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