The board of the Ghaziabad municipal corporation on Friday cleared a proposal to hand over the land near river Hindon for constructing a rest house for ‘Kailash Mansarovar’ pilgrims.
After he assumed office, chief minister Yogi Adityanath had proposed the development of the facility in Lucknow, Ghaziabad or Noida.
In this connection, city mayor Ashu Verma had also met Adityanath along with four MLAs and apprised him about the availability of land near river Hindon, next to Ala Hazrat Haj House.
“The board cleared the proposal for handing over the entire land to the state cultural department almost free of cost. It was proposed that we hand over the land at a notional cost of Re1. The department will now take up the proposal and, hopefully, the city will get a pilgrims’ house,” Verma said.
In this connection, principal secretary, Avnish Awasthi, had also visited Ghaziabad on April 23 and held discussions with Ghaziabad officials and also inspected the proposed site.
“He had enquired about the land use, location and other encumbrances, if any. The board had earlier cleared the proposal for a facility up for Kanwar pilgrims. If things go as planned, the place could be further developed and used for ‘Kailash Mansarovar’ pilgrims as well. The tender for construction of a boundary wall is in the process while the work of filling the plot is ongoing,” Verma added.
In July 2016, the corporation had cleared the proposal to allot nearly 8,125 square metres of land for developing the rest house facility for Kanwar pilgrims.
After the visit by Awasthi, Ghaziabad municipal commissioner Abdul Samad forwarded the proposal to the district magistrate and stated that the power to make the land available free of cost rests with the corporation board.
In his letter, Samad had requested the mayor to call a board meeting so that the proposal for making land available free of cost is put forward before it.
In September last year, former chief minister Akhilesh Yadav had inaugurated the Ala Hazrat Haj House near Hindon which was built at a cost of Rs51 crore. The facility is spread over an area of nearly 4.3 acres.