Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav accused the Central government of putting hurdles in the way of UP government’s development plans.
Laying the foundation stone of the Rs 13,065-crore Kanpur Metro project here on Tuesday, Yadav said the Centre did not give enough funds to the state. “UP did not get the funds it deserved even when the BJP has highest number of parliamentarians from the state,” he said.
Akhilesh also inaugurated 78 projects and laid the foundation of 115 others, which will come up at a cost of Rs 32,000 crore, during a grand ceremony at Brijendra Swaroop Park.
Referring to the hurdles that the UP government had to face in getting clearance from the Centre for Lucknow and Kanpur Metro projects, he said: “On its part, the UP government has helped the Centre in all the projects. It gave the costliest land for AIIMS in Gorakhpur. Work on AIIMS in Rae Bareli has begun. We have helped the Centre in development works and will continue to do so in future.”
Expressing his commitment to development, Yadav said Metro was not a part of the party manifesto but the government went ahead with it. He added speedy work on Kanpur Metro project would be ensured.
Referring to the inclusion of Kanpur in the list of smart cities, Yadav said the city and its people were already smart.
“The city has been a hub of industrial activity. Leather and tobacco products of Kanpur are famous throughout the world. Our government will ensure Kanpur continues to lead,” he said.
Union minister Venkaiah Naidu and Kanpur MP Dr Murli Manohar Joshi also attended the programme.