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india Updated: Nov 20, 2006 00:26 IST
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THE UPCOMING Indira Gandhi Pratishthan (IGP) is once again in the news for all the wrong reasons.

Being built at a cost of over Rs 100 crore, the memorial, is in LDA’s cross hair for not having completed necessary formalities related to its building map and providing the mandatory NOC from the fire department.

In a nine-point missive to the project director of the Rajkiye Nirman Nigam (RNN), the agency giving shape to the project, the LDA has given him a week’s time for the completion of the requisite paperwork. Apart from a modern state-of-art research centre, the project also envisaged building a hostel for 2,500 students and an auditorium for holding national/international seminars and conferences on the line of Delhi’s Vigyan Bhawan.

Here it is pertinent to mention that the High Court has taken a serious view of the multi-storey buildings flouting fire-safety norms and the next hearing in the matter is scheduled for Monday. “Since the height of the memorial’s dome is more than 30 metre an NOC from the Airports Authority of India is also yet to be furnished by you,” states the letter sent by BV Singh, the officer in-charge of LDA’s enforcement section.

According to him, the LDA had granted conditional nod to the building map of the Partishthan on June 3, 2005. Ever since the development agency has shot off at least five reminders to the construction agency asking it to present drawings, proof and certificates for having undertaken necessary anti-quake measures, provision of a ramp for handicaps, landscaping plan etc but the latter has not complied.

Initially supposed to come up adjacent to Ambedkar Memorial in Gomti Nagar, the foundation stone of the IGP was laid on October 2, 1989 by the then Chief Minister ND Tiwari.

The project, however, hit the headlines after former chief minister Mayawati acquired land earmarked for it for the construction of Ambedkar Sahitya Sansthan Evam Sanghralay. Piqued over Mayawati’s decision Congress party workers moved the High Court against the decision, which directed the State Government in November 2002 to allocate 25-acre land at an alternative site for the IGP project.