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Naka’s ‘complex’ problems make way for traffic woes

Anupam Srivastava, Hindustan Times  Lucknow, November 05, 2012
First Published: 14:43 IST(5/11/2012) | Last Updated: 14:47 IST(5/11/2012)

Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav dreamt of a city that has wide roads and smooth traffic when he took over the reins of UP on March 15. But even after seven months, this is yet to become reality - courtesy the lax attitude of the LDA and the LMC towards the civic problems associated with rapid commercialisation.

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The changing skylines of Naka Hindola and Pandariba are good examples of this neglect. These areas have become a ‘commercial jungle’ as most of the houses have given way to hotels and market complexes during the last 10 years.

When one commutes through Naka Hindola, it is found that around 20 residential buildings are being converted into commercial complexes/hotels.

Surprisingly none of these buildings have parking facilities. Even those having basements for parking are using the space for commercial purpose.

“The map passing authority, Lucknow Development Authority, never cared about the things, which have adversely started affecting people. Now traffic jams are a daylong problem in the area because with commercial complexes come organised encroachments and parking woes,” said mayor Dinesh Sharma.

He said the hotels were constructed without proper parking space and without thinking about the water or power supply in the area.

At present, around 20 big commercial constructions are in progress at Naka and Pandariba but there is no one to check whether the buildings are adhering to LDA norms or not. “However I have shot a letter to the V-C of the development authority,” added the mayor.

However, no LDA official knows what is happening in the area. On Saturday, when minister of state for zoo, Dr Shiv Pratap Yadav visited the LDA office most of the officials did not know about the exact status of illegal constructions in the city. They did not even know how many buildings had been served notice.

Most of the under-construction buildings seem to have one thing in common -- no parking facility and the basements housing shops. But LDA officials haven’t done much to stop these constructions because of the political clout of the builders and palms of officials being greased by them, said sources.

LDA secretary Ashtabhuja Tewari said, “The LDA has decided to go tough on illegal constructions. Recently, some buildings have been sealed and action against many more is in store.”


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