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Funds Disbursed to Industrial Corridors 27.7.2017 New Kerala: India News
New Delhi, July 26: Status of Industrial Corridors
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BMIC promoter refuses to roll back toll hike 25.7.2017 Deccan Herald - News
The promoter of the Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) project has refused to roll back the recent hike in toll on its peripheral and link roads in Bengaluru. In a nine-page reply to the notice issued by the state government recently, Nandi Economic Corridor Enterprises Ltd (NECEL) has refuted the government's argument that enhancement of toll prices is against the project's Frame Work Agreement (FWA), including the Toll Concession Agreement (TCA). The right to collect and revise toll is not connected to converting the existing bituminous road into concrete road, the company said. The Public Works Department (PWD), which is the nodal department for implementing the project, had issued a notice on July 7 to the company, asking it to withdraw the hike in toll within seven days or face legal action. The PWD had termed the toll hike illegal as it was done without obtaining its permission. The company recently increased the toll by 14% to 25% on 41 km of peripheral road and 9.1 km of link ...
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Highways for the high-heeled 15.7.2017 deccanherald.com
Are high-speed, access-controlled, heavily tolled roads the answer to decongest Bengaluru? As the state government moves in to reverse the recent NICE road toll hike, this question has sparked a serious debate. A debate that is focused on commuters stuck in chaotic traffic on roads underneath and along those fancy toll-ways. Simply put, 'speed' cannot come at a cost that totally ignores the local commuters and the pedestrians, whose only way to cross the toll-ways would be those monstrous skywalks. The signal-free corridors, proposed to run across the city's length and breadth are designed for speed, and nothing else. Pay the toll and commuting would be a breeze. This is the promise of those fancy roads, some elevated, some not. Do the planners notice that the fast-moving vehicles getting out of the toll-ways end up clogging the next traffic junction? Since most roads underneath and beside the tolled roads tend to be neglected - because they are free - traffic piles up. Chaos reigns. Of course, for ...
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Highways for the high-heeled 15.7.2017 deccanherald.com
Are high-speed, access-controlled, heavily tolled roads the answer to decongest Bengaluru? As the state government moves in to reverse the recent NICE road toll hike, this question has sparked a serious debate. A debate that is focused on commuters stuck in chaotic traffic on roads underneath and along those fancy toll-ways. Simply put, 'speed' cannot come at a cost that totally ignores the local commuters and the pedestrians, whose only way to cross the toll-ways would be those monstrous skywalks. The signal-free corridors, proposed to run across the city's length and breadth are designed for speed, and nothing else. Pay the toll and commuting would be a breeze. This is the promise of those fancy roads, some elevated, some not. Do the planners notice that the fast-moving vehicles getting out of the toll-ways end up clogging the next traffic junction? Since most roads underneath and beside the tolled roads tend to be neglected - because they are free - traffic piles up. Chaos reigns. Of course, for ...
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Lorry owners to protest against exorbitant toll on state highways 14.7.2017 Deccan Herald - State
Federation of Karnataka State Lorry Owners and Agents Association has set July 23 as deadline for removing RTO checkposts in the state. The Federation president G R Shanmugappa said Karnataka should follow the footsteps of other state governments to ease the burden of transporters. "When most of the states, including Maharashtra, have stopped collecting toll along the state highways, Karnataka is preparing to make money without doing any work on 19 state highways spreading over 1,535 km. We pay Rs 25,000 per lorry for using national highways. Collecting toll on state highways will put an additional burden of Rs 10,000. The state government should think of taking progressive measures,"he said. Shanmugappa alleged that Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE) was collecting toll Hubballi-Gabbur Road though it has grossed over Rs 700 crore. "NICEinvested only Rs 65 crore and now continues to collect toll for decades. The same pattern can be seen in different stretches of its roads," he said adding ...
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State tells NICE to roll back toll hike in 7 days 10.7.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The state government has issued a notice to Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE), directing it to withdraw the recent hike in toll on its peripheral and link road within seven days or face legal action. The notice issued by the Public Works Department dated July 7 stated that the move by NICE, the promoter of Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor Project, to hike the toll is "illegal" as it is done without obtaining the government's permission and also at a time when proceedings of a writ petition is pending before the Karnataka HighCourt. The department said that the hike should be withdrawn within seven days from the receipt of the notice. "Failure to do so within the stipulated time will constrain us to initiate appropriate action in accordance with law or have recourse to remedies available to us under the Frame Work Agreement,"the notice stated. The company recently increased the toll by 14% to 25 % on 41 km of peripheral road and 9.1 km of link ...
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State to restore 25% land in layouts for open spaces 10.7.2017 deccanherald.com
Faced with criticism from many quarters, the state government has finally decided to restore to 25% the area to be reserved for public parks, open space and civic amenities in residential layouts to be developed by urban development authorities and private developers. The Urban Development Department (UDD) has issued a draft notification amending guidelines for the layout development under the Karnataka Town and Country Planning (KTCP) Act, 1962. "Regulations pertaining to the layout development are proposed to be amended. Once the new guidelines come into effect, the area to be set aside for parks, open space and civic amenities in a layout will increase to 25% of the total area that is planned to be developed," Director of Town Planning L Shashikumar told DH. Of the 25%, as much as 15% is proposed to be reserved for parks and open space; 5% for civic amenities; and 5% for land bank to taken up infrastructure projects in future. Currently, all Urban Development Authorities (UDAs), excluding BDA, BMRDA ...
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Govt. issues notice to NICE on toll hike 8.7.2017 Hindu: News
The announcement of a hike in toll rates on NICE Road has attracted the ire of the Public Works Department (PWD) which issued a notice to Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises on Friday seeking it...
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NICE to be hauled up for hiking toll 7.7.2017 deccanherald.com
The state government has decided to take action against Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE) for hiking the toll on its toll roads. Additional Chief Secretary M Lakshminarayana said a notice will be issued to NICE, the promoter of Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor project, for revising the toll without the government's permission. "The promoter has to obtain permission from the government before increasing the toll. Its action amounts to violation of the project framework agreement," he told DH. NICE recently increased the toll by 14% to 25 %. The company is collecting toll on 41 km of peripheral road and 9.1 km of link road. The toll has been increased after a gap of four years. Law Minister T B Jayachandra is learnt to have held a meeting with the officials of Law and PWD departments on the toll hike and directed the PWD to issue notice to the company. According to PWD officials, the company was supposed to construct concrete roads (pavement for expressway, link road and peripheral ...
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Rates across major tollways in city hiked 6.7.2017 Hindu: Bangalore
It is the season for toll increases. In the past week, three major roads in the city have announced a hike in toll rates. While the rates are increased yearly by some toll concessionaires, for others ...
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Toll on NICE roads up by 14% to 25% 5.7.2017 Deccan Herald - City
The Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises Limited (NICE) has revised the toll on its roads by 14% to 25% from July 1. Defending the hike, it said the revision had come after a gap of four years, though the company was entitled to an increase every year. "We have been absorbing the price rise for four years without passing it on to our road users. We have recently redone the bitumen, and it had become inevitable to effect the hike," said Manjunath Nayaker, who handles public relations for NICE. "The revised toll rates are lower than the actual rates that the company is entitled to collect. The toll revision is inevitable to upkeep and maintain the international standard of infrastructure," a company statement said. The rate for cars, jeeps and vans is cheaper than what is charged on the Electronics City expressway, and higher than what is charged on the highway to the airport, the company bar chart indicated. The toll is also lower than on the Electronics City expressway and international airport ...
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Presidential candidate Kovind gets backing from Independents 5.7.2017 Hindu: News
NDA presidential candidate Ram Nath Kovind made a quick visit to Bengaluru on Wednesday to formally seek support of legislators and MPs from the Bharatiya Janata Party State unit and like-minded group...
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BMRCL in talks with NICE for land to build Metro stations 9.5.2017 Deccan Herald - City
Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (BMRCL) officials are holding meetings with Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE) authorities to ensure that Metro lines, which connect the NICERoad at five places, will not lead to any confusion in future. Under Phase 2, Metro lines will meet or cross the NICE peripheral ring road at four points. Mysuru Road-Kengeri (Reach 2), Nagasandra-BIEC (Reach 3), Puttenahalli-Anjanapura (Reach 4) and R V Road-Bommasandra (Reach 5) lines cross the peripheral road while the Gottigere-Nagawara Metro line ends before meeting the NICE Road. "We have sought land from NICE to build Metro stations at Bangalore International Exhibition Centre (BIEC) on Tumakuru Road and Electronics City (RV Road-Bommasandra). We will provide parking facilities at these places similar to other stations," said BMRCL managing director Pradeep Singh Kharola. A spokesperson for Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise said that they were expecting BMRCL to build a multi-level parking lot at BIEC ...
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Rock Eagle Owls of the NICE Road 16.2.2017 Citizen Matters

These birds are on the verge of extinction, due to loss of habitat and superstition. You'd be lucky if you are able to spot one!

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Bengaluru: the year ahead... 9.2.2017 Deccan Herald - Supplements
When we talk about the year 2017, the real estate sector is likely to transform by bringing in more transparency, uniform pricing and timely completion of projects. The introduction of Real Estate Regulation and Development Act (RERA) has been a positive move for the industry, as it will streamline and bring in accountability among all stakeholders. This will ensure timely delivery of projects, transparency and governance measures that will reinforce trust within buyers. The reduction in interest rates by certain banks is a positive and welcome move for the real estate sector. This would improve the buying sentiment, thereby encouraging prospective home buyers to complete their purchase. The new buyers would stand to benefit from this interest rate reduction, and provide existing buyers an option to restructure their current home loans. The demonetisation move alters the macros of the economy due to higher liquidity, resulting in lower inflation and cost of borrowing. This would lead to interest rate ...
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Legislature session from today, BJP to seek Jarkiholi's ouster 5.2.2017 deccanherald.com
A five-day session of the state legislature will commence on Monday with Governor Vajubhai Vala addressing a joint sitting of the two Houses. The governor is scheduled to deliver his address at 11 am. The two Houses, which will sit separately after the governor's address, will take up obituay references. The two Houses will be later adjourned for the day as a mark of respect to former minister HSMahadeva Prasad, who passed away last month. Prasad was a sitting member of the Legislative Assembly from the Gundlupet constituency in Chamarajanagar district. The BJPis gearing up to put the government on the mat for failing to take up relief measures in 139 taluks reeling under severe drought. The party is also planning to vehemently seek the resignation of Small Scale Industries Minister Ramesh Jarkiholi following the Income Tax department unearthing Rs 113 crore of undisclosed assets purportedly belonging to him. The JD(S) is planning to raise the "large-scale" irregularities in the implementation of the ...
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Delayed peripheral ring road may get Central-funding boost 16.1.2017 deccanherald.com
There could be hope for the much-delayed Peripheral Ring Road (PRR) with the Centre keen to fund the project. Mahendra Jain, additional chief secretary, Urban Development department, told DH that the Union government has indicated that it would help the Bengaluru Development Authority (BDA)in funding the land acquisition process for early completion of the project. On Monday, Bengaluru Development Minister K J George said the state government will submit a proposal to Niti Aayog, seeking financial assistance to acquire land for the project. He was speaking at a meeting chaired by Union Minister for Statistics and Programme Implementation D V Sadananda Gowda to review the Centre-assisted infrastructure projects. An estimated Rs 8,100 crore is required for acquiring about 1,890 acres. "It is an important project that links five national highways. But the government cannot afford to acquire land at such a huge cost," George said. Japan International Co-operation Agency has agreed in principle to fund the ...
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BMIC: SC notice to state, Kheny 11.1.2017 deccanherald.com
The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued notices to Karnataka government and others on a plea by an activist against a Karnataka High Court order that had quashed investigation against top officials and others for grant of additional 4,285 acres of land for building townships by the Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprise (NICE).

A bench of Justices S A Bobde and L Nageswara Rao sought responses from the state government and others, including NICE and its MD Ashok Kheny on a special leave petition filed by anti-corruption activist Abraham T J.

The Special Lokayukta Court had ordered investigation into the matter on a complaint by Abraham, on October 25, 2012.

Appearing in person, the petitioner contended the records were illegally manipulated to show lesser extent of government land, resulting in additional allocation of 4,285 acres in the name of the execution of the Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) Project.
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NICE trouble for farm land; Contempt for BBMP in Orion Mall case; Kaikondrahalli lake fest 6.1.2017 Citizen Matters

Dear reader, Wish you a very happy new year from all of us at Citizen Matters - Oorvani Foundation! It was a sad start to the new year, with the reports of molestation in several parts of Bengaluru. What do you...
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19 years after govt notifying land for NICE project, farmers await action 5.1.2017 Citizen Matters

Their lands were notified for Bangalore-Mysore infra corridor project 19 years ago. Now their land has no market value, they can't dare to plant something that's of value, can't renovate or rebuild their houses, and can't be assured of a secured future. A story of how flawed land acquisition policies put lives in jeopardy.

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