The taxpayers’ money is being wasted on the maintenance of Dalit Prerna Sthal and Green Garden in Noida, the dream park of former Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati. The Rs.657-crore park has consumed about 3.8 lakh units of power in last six months that cost more than Rs.15 lakh to the Noida authority.
Interestingly, the park is yet to be opened to public even after Mayawati inaugurated it in a grand opening ceremony held on October 14 last year.
The authority pays a monthly bill (on an average) of Rs.3.5 lakh to Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Ltd (UPPCL) that had sanctioned a 400 KV power connection to the park. UPPCL generated a bill of Rs.15,47,154 for power supply to the park between October 2011 and March 2012. “The authority has paid Rs.10 lakh bill so far and more than Rs.5 lakh is yet to be paid to UPPCL,” said a UPPCL official.
Residents, BJP’s Noida MLA Mahesh Sharma and Samajwadi Party (SP) supporters have questioned that why the huge amount of power is being wasted to illuminate the park during night time, when the park is still not opened to public.
The most of the lights at the park stay lit whole night. Sharma also has written a letter to UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav regarding the wastage of the power at the park.
"More than 6,000 trees were chopped off to make way for the park. We have to bear with power cuts of 5-6 hours daily because of gap in demand and supply. Then why the power has been wasted unnecessarily," said Ravi Shekhar, an MNC executive and a resident of sector 20.
The sources in UPPCL say that once the park will be opened to public the power consumption will go up and cross Rs.50 lakh annually. “After the museum and other buildings inside the park will be opened, the consumption will cross half a crore of rupees,” said a UPPCL official, requesting anonymity.
UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav has been carrying out the inquiry into the funds spent on the park by the Noida authority that had recently sent a report (on expenditure) to the state government. The SP government wants to ascertain if there was bungling of funds spent on the park. UP urban development minister Azam Khan during his visit to Greater Noida, last week told HT, “The opening of the park will be decided by the cabinet. But the funds spent on the park needs to be reviewed first.” Akhilesh Yadav several times has said that hospitals and educational institutions will be constructed in the vacant spaces in these parks.