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Atal’s projects getting short shrift: Tandon

The Mulayam Government was charged with apathy in completing 15 out of 30 ambitious development projects launched by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in Lucknow.

lucknow Updated: Apr 11, 2007 14:59 IST

THE MULAYAM Government was charged on Wednesday with apathy in completing 15 out of 30 ambitious development projects launched by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in his Lok Sabha constituency, Lucknow.

Work has reportedly come to a grinding halt also due to lack of funds in projects including construction of the prestigious Scientific Convention Centre, new railway station in Gomti Nagar, flyover on the crowded Nirala Nagar Railway Crossing and the Gomti Action Plan.

BJP leader Lalji Tandon, close lieutenant of Vajpayee and the man responsible for all the projects, accused Urban Development Minister Azam Khan and Railway Minister Lalu Prasad Yadav of creating hurdles on the way of completion of work in the Scientific Convention Centre and the Gomti Nagar Railway Station despite availability of funds.

He said Lalu Yadav even ordered lifting of construction material meant for the Gomti Nagar Railway Station during the construction of the Scientific Convention Centre that had been stalled intentionally by Azam Khan though funds were available.

Tandon regretted that politics was coming into play unnecessarily even though the development projects were promised by Atal Bihari Vajpayee to the electorate of his constituency.

Two railway platforms had been constructed in May 2003 at a cost of Rs 39.70 crore in the proposed Rs 68.31-crore Gomti Nagar Railway Station, besides three bridges and bypass lines.

But, now construction has come to a halt since remaining amount of Rs 28.31 crores had been withheld by the UPA Government and the Mulayam Government had made no effort to get the same released.

Initiated in May 2003, the Gomti Action Plan Phase-I worth Rs 43 crores, of which Rs 30.07 crores had already been spent on diversion of nullahs, is also incomplete due to objections raised by the Army, which says its land was being used in the project. The case is pending in court.

Similarly, Only Rs 41.99 crores of the Rs 263.04 crore meant for the Gomti Action Plan Phase II worth have been spent as the land needed for the project has not yet been acquired due to ‘intentional’ delay by the State Government.

The Rs 1,392-crore prestigious Scientific Convention Centre, being constructed with money made available from the MP Local Area Development (MPLAD) Fund of Vajpayee and other MPs/MLAs of the BJP is yet to be completed. It has, however, already become operative and it being used for holding international seminars, etc.

The Centre has already been handed over to the King George’s Medical University but it is a mockery that the university has started renting it out for marriage etc. to mobilize funds for maintenance of the huge complex.

The residents of Nirala Nagar continue to face traffic jam at the busy railway crossing as the work on proposed flyover could not be started as the State Government, which had earlier passed two maps for the project, later found that the it was not feasible.

Certain other important projects conceived and initiated by Atal Bihari Vajpayee for his constituency where the work has come to a grinding halt for ‘political’ or others reasons and because of change of guards in the Centre and the state are: Basant Kunj Development Project, Hardoi Road, of May 2003, (Rs 30 crore only Rs 7.50 crores have been released), Lucknow Ring Road Bypass of March 2002 (Rs 73.73 crore, Total budget released), Extension of Lucknow Airport Runway of February 1999 (Rs 21.81 crore of which Rs 19.48 crores released), Construction of 4000, 350 and 10,000 houses worth Rs 47.5 crores for weaker sections of the society in Alinagar and Hardasi Khera under Ambe Yojna, construction of Rs 07.53 crore Regional Passport Office in Gomti Nagar and construction of Lucknow segment of the prestigious Amar Saheed Path worth Rs 222 crores of which Rs 175 crore have already been spent.