BMIC (NICE) Viruddha Janandolana
Public Meeting to Rejuvenate Peoples’ Campaign
Thursday December 20, 2012; 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, Freedom Park Bangalore
Here are the several injustices which are being committed due to this project –
a. Total extent of land required for the project: 20,193 acres, out of which private land required is 13,237 acres. But private land notified is 20,145 acres! This is in addition to 5,688 acres of government land already handed over to the company; more than 144 villages in full and 52 villages in part and lakhs of people stand to be and are in constant
fear of displaced even though their land is not even required for the project!
b. Illegal demolitions of private property by henchmen of NICE with police protection is common place and false
cases are foisted by NICEL against displaced persons and those opposing their illegal actions. Landowners are being prevented from cultivating or from putting up constructions on their own lands. Violent attacks against displaced persons by henchmen of NICE leading loss of life & property are common place.
c. Small farmers, labourers, house owners and entrepreneurs have lost their homes as well as their only source of livelihood. Government has not taken up any measures to rehabilitate such persons.
d. Apart from the private land, 5688 acres of Government land already handed over to NICE. Forests such as BM kaval, Handigundi, lakes such as Gottigere, Begur, Madwara and 13 others, and community lands, not falling within the scope of the BMIC project are taken over and have been destroyed. This is in complete violation of the plans which were submitted for Environmental clearance.
e. Bangaloreans are deprived of a toll free peripheral road courtesy manipulations of official records by NICE and Government officers. Peripheral road is constructed by NICE on an alignment earmarked
for the construction of a Peripheral Road by the BDA. Even though this road is now complete, lands on both sides of this alignment illegally usurped by NICEL are notified for large scale real estate development. Peripheral Road which was to be constructed by NICEL as a part of the BMIC project sanctioned by the Karnataka State Government is not at all constructed.
f. Expressway to Mysore is on paper while NICE engages in large scale real estate in & around Bangalore.
g. Lands of corporate houses and politicians are unlawfully excluded. They make windfall gains at public expense. Politicians across party lines, bureaucrats, industry leaders now face serious charges of corruption.
i. Lastly, the compensation amount fixed for notified lands is atrociously low.
h. Several public inquiries and debates on the issue have been thwarted by NICEL on one pretext or another.
In order to set right the social injustice, we now demand the following –
I. Immediate identification and publishing of the lands required for the BMIC project and dropping of acquisition proceedings in respect of lands falling outside the scope of the
II. Immediate recovery of public property from NICE which is falling outside the scope of the project.
III. Declaration of Peripheral Road and Link Road illegally constructed by NICE as a toll free public amenity.
IV. Investigation & prosecution of corrupt ministers, bureaucrats & industry leaders associated with the project
V. Dropping of false cases against displaced persons and payment of compensation to displaced persons for illegal demolitions and malicious prosecutions.
We request you all to raise your voice against this injustice and attend the public meeting on this issue.
#122/4, Infantry Road, Bangalore- 560001; Ph :9945716052, 9880595032, 9845451679, 9449154597
Peoples' Campaign in English against Bangalore Mysore Infrastructure Corridor (BMIC) Project of NICEL on December 20, 2012
Tanveer / तन्वीर / ತನ್ವೀರ್
Syed Tanveeruddin / सैयद तन्वीरुद्दीन / ಸೈಯದ್ ತನ್ವೀರುದ್ದೀನ್
Mysore, Karnataka / मैसूर, कर्नाटक / ಮೈಸೂರು, ಕರ್ನಾಟಕ