The city mayor and four newly elected Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member of legislative assembly (MLAs) met Uttar Pradesh chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Wednesday evening and submitted a proposal about 10,000 sq yards identified for the construction of Kailash Mansarovar Yatra pilgrims’ house in Ghaziabad.
The UP CM had recently announced that a ‘Kailash Mansarovar Yatri Bhawan’ will be constructed in Lucknow, Ghaziabad or Noida. Besides mayor Ashu Kumar Verma, MLAs Atul Garg, Sunil Sharma, Dr Manju Shivach and Ajit Pal Tyagi were also present in the meeting with the chief minister.
“He appreciated our efforts for getting the land approved for pilgrims’ facility. He expressed his happiness and said that he will look into the proposal and take a call,” the mayor said.
The group of MLAs along with city mayor were camping in Lucknow since Tuesday to meet the chief minister about the proposal. The mayor said that nearly 10,000 sq yard was already cleared by the municipal corporation board in 2016 for the purpose.
“We would like the facility to come up in our city as land is already available near river Hindon. When the previous government can get a Haj House constructed, a similar facility should be set up for pilgrims undertaking the Kailash Mansarovar Yatra. The facility can also be used by Kanwarias,” he said.
“If the CM gives us the go-ahead, it will benefit thousands of pilgrims as the place is close to Delhi,” he said.
On March 25, the CM had also announced doubling of the financial grant given to pilgrims of Kailash Mansarovar, from Rs50,000 to Rs1 lakh. As per estimates, the average cost of the pilgrimage is around Rs2.5 lakh per person.
The land for the facility has been identified near Ala Hazrat Haj House that was inaugurated by former CM Akhilesh Yadav in 2016. The Haj House was constructed at a cost of nearly Rs51 crore, after a delay of over a decade.