NICE RoadThe Supreme Court today stayed an Election Commission order which had put the brakes on the the Bangalore-Mysore Expressway Infrastructure Project in Karnataka.
The multi-crore corridor project, estimated to cost over Rs 1,500 crore, is aimed at providing an 111-km expressway connecting Bangalore and Mysore. It will also be dotted by five satellite townships.

Nandi Infrastructure Corridor Enterprises Development Corporation the promoters of the project had filed the petition in the apex court challenging the EC's decision to halt construction work on the project under the model code of conduct for the May 2008 elections to the state assembly.

By an order dated May 8, 2008, the Election Commission had halted the project after the Karnataka cabinet had taken a decision at that time to resume the construction of the project on the specific directives of the Supreme Court.

The promoter had approached the apex court in March this year accusing the Kumarawamy Gowda Government of putting deliberate spokes in the construction of the project, upon which a bench headed by Justice Arijit Pasayat issued contempt notices against the state Chief Secretary and several others.

In pursuance of the contempt notice and the directives of the apex court, the Karnataka Government resumed the construction of the project which again was halted by the Election Commission, forcing the promoter to once again move the apex court.

The apex court while staying the EC's order today issued notice to the Commission as also the Karnataka Government to file replies on the issue. PTI