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Yogi government at 100 days: Development finally dawns on eastern horizon

Considered as the backwaters for decades, Gorakhpur is now poised to get better connectivity, improved power distribution, a Metro train and an AIIMS. Sick industrial units are also being revived.

lucknow Updated: Jun 27, 2017 17:21 IST
Abdul Jadid
Construction of boundary wall of AIIMS under way.
Construction of boundary wall of AIIMS under way.(HT Photo)

On December 2, 2015, when the then chief minister Akhilesh Yadav referred to incomplete work of underground power cables to point out the slow pace of development in Gorakhpur during a programme at Madan Mohan Malviya University of Technology (MMMUT), little did he imagine that the city would soon be undergoing a transformation, emerging as the lifeline of eastern UP.

With the installation of a BJP government, whose leitmotif is development, Gorakhpur, with a population of over 16 lakh , is set to compete with big cities like Lucknow, Kanpur and Delhi, if indicators are anything to go by.

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Gorakhpur is the home turf of Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath , who has represented the constituency in the Lok Sabha five times.

Many significant projects, including Gorakhpur Metro , AIIMS, fertilizer factory, air services , Gorakhpur-Varanasi four lanes, AC bus services , revival of sugar factories and the zoo are in the offing , apart from other things. Projects like Gorakhpur Metro, to come up at an estimated cost of R12,000 crores , are among the dream projects of the CM and officials from the departments concerned have been instructed to ensure they materialise in time .

Rapid transit: Gorakhpur Metro on the anvil
  • The Gorakhpur Metro, connecting major routes in the city, seems to be the best plan to tackle traffic snarls, making commutation faster, easier and comfortable for office goers, students and locals.
  • Officials from Rail Technical and Economical services (RITES), the government agency which entered an agreement with the Gorakhpur Development Authority (GDA)to prepare detailed project reports, have been visiting different localities to assess traffic load and conducting surveys.
  • “RITES has been entrusted with the task of preparing a detailed project report on Gorakhpur Metro within eight months. Within two months of agreement with GDA, they have to complete 25% of DPR work “ said ON Singh , vice chairman, GDA, adding that the total estimated project cost of Gorakhpur Metro was around Rs12,000 crores.
  • Introduction of Gorakhpur Metro would not only ease huge burden of traffic on roads and bring down pollution level but also help provide employment to jobless youth.
  • “No one had ever imagined that one day Metro would run in a city like Gorakhpur. Indeed this has become possible because of the personal interest of the CM who wants that Gorakhpur should not remain a backward area,” BTech third year student Yashpal Singh said.

AIIMS

Setting up of the 700-bed AIIMS on 112 acres land of Ganna Shodh Sanstha in Gorakhpur is another ambitious project of the central and state governments which would boost growth in the city and help government deal effectively with ailments like encephalitis , the most fatal disease of east up which claims hundreds of lives every year.

On July 1, 2016, Prime Minister Narendra Modi laid the foundation stone of AIIMS and fertilizer factory and assured people that he would not let a single child die of encephalitis .

Giving pace to the project, DM Rajeev Rautela leased the land in the name of AIIMS for 90 years last week.

Work on construction of three and half km long boundary wall of the site was initiated by service providing firm in March.

“AIIMS will be like a new ray of hope for encephalitis patients .It will also reduce burden of encephalitis patients at BRD Medical College ,where patients from 36 districts and even Nepal report for treatment ,” said DR RN Singh, paediatrician.

Fertilizer factory

The fertilizer factory which was once the pride of the city before closing down in the late 90s, is set to be revived to manufacture neem-coated urea for farming. The project is expected to be completed in three years, at a cost of R6,000 crore. Over 3,850 metric tonnes of urea will be produced here every day, helping in the green revolution.

“Youths, including those passing out in chemical engineering from MMMUT, would have a chance of employment at the factory,” said Mohd Azhar, an engineering student.

Two closed sugar mills in Padrauna and Munderwa will also be revived to usher in growth.Under the new industrial policy to be announced by the state government, east UP, particularly Gorakhpur, was to be developed as an industrial state , CM Yogi Adityanath had announced during his recent visit to Gorakhpur .

Tax exemption and land at cheaper rates is what the government plans to attract investors here .” Such policies s will further fuel growth and create more job opportunities .It will also help check migration of youths who move to Mumbai, Delhi and other big cities for livelihood,” BJP leader Satyendra Sinha said.

Better connectivity

The city’s road and air connectivity will also be improved. After new Spicejet flights for Delhi and Kolkata under Udan scheme last year , flights for Mumbai and Kathmandu were also on the cards, MoS Civil Aviation Jayant Singh had announced during a programme at Gorakhpur airport on June 14.

Power sector

“The government will spend Rs 214 crore to improve power distribution system under IPDS scheme and Rs 90 crore for underground power cables,” said AK Singh, chief executive engineer, Gorakhpur zone . Of the 16.29 houses, only 11.53 lakh have power connections in Gorakhpur, depriving 4.76 lakh consumers of electricity. “Under the IDPS, all such houses will be covered. Capacity of 18 substations will be enhanced while four new substations will be set up,” Singh said.

Tourism sector

Gorakhpur and its surroundings have immense unexplored potential in tourism. The government has allocated funds for about half a dozen projects, including sound and light shows at Gorakhnath temple, revival of Chauri Chaura memorial and Budhdhist circuit in Kushinagar ,” said Tourist officer Arvind Rai.

International flights from Kushinagar are also on cards to attract foreign tourists.