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The BMIC, hurdles and shoddy Governance by lazydrive
April 27, 2006, 6:44 pm
Filed under: Bangalore, civic issues

The BMIC, or Bangalore-Mysore Infrastructure Corridor project was conceived around the mid/late 90's and work started in the late '90s. It intended to cut travel times between the two cities from 3-4 hours to about 2 hours(with 1 1/2 hr on the highway). At conception it was intended to house 5 townships along the highway/corridor as well – to decongest the city.

Among the big initial concerns were:

1. The highway cutting across highly arable land – and requiring lots of it
2. The cost of the project
3. The concern over the need for another expensive project(it came on the back of failed Enron), when doubling railway tracks, and the existing highway was undergoing upgradation(now completed).

From the start the project has been enveloped by controversy. The initial concerns listed above had environmentalists up in arms against the project and suggesting various other measures – including expansion, upgradation of the existing highway(since been completed).It was then followed by the Environment Ministry & High Court allowing for land acquisition for the highway but not approving the same for building the said townships.

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Inactivity by lazydrive
April 27, 2006, 5:35 pm
Filed under: Bangalore

Sorry folks, we have been rather busy. And since my co-blogger has been dormant, handling all my blogs has been a bit of an ask for yours-truly. Hoping to change that shortly, starting with the post above. Sum is also likely to be more active, in here.