Nationalise NICE road project, affected farmers demand
- An estimated ₹7077-crore worth of land was acquired for the road project.
- Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE) later build townships.
- The farmers now want better compensation.
Hundreds of farmers, who lost their land to the NICE corridor, have now demanded that the national highway authority should take over the project.
The members of Karnataka Pranta Raita Sangha (KPRS) staged protest in Mysore Bank Circle, Bengaluru and asked the government to nationalise all the roads that are under Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises (NICE).
They also urged the government to give suitable relief for the farmers who lost their agricultural lands for the construction of NICE Road.
NICE company has taken around 75 thousand agricultural lands for the construction of peripheral ring road. The total value of the land is estimated about ₹ 7077-crores. The NICE Company has destroyed thousands of trees for the construction of the road.
It was alleged that NICE had acquired around 553 additional agricultural plots for the construction of townships. In the acquired land, NICE has constructed hundreds of flats and sold them at its own discretion, without any permission from the BDA or the BBMP.
In order to probe this allegation, government had formed a Karnataka Legislative Committee headed by Law Minister TB Jayachandra, two years ago. The committee has prepared its report. But in the report only officer’s names are there and none of the minister’s name is mentioned in it.
The farmers also urged the government to hand over the entire case to CBI. Venkatachalaiah, Srinivasa, Channamma, Hanumanthappa, Ramaswamy and other farmers’ leaders were present in the protest.