Hindi Sansthan is leaking!
MAY 15 showers exposed many loopholes in the UP Hindi Sansthan building. Water seeped from the ceiling, windows, wall-ceiling joints and made an insider feel as if he was out in the open! And so was the plight of over 100 children who were there to participate in the Bal Panchayat. ?Are ye kya, paani paani. Kahan baithein,? cried the children, but organizers chose to ignore. But, all this happened in a dramatic way.Updated: May 16, 2006 00:36 IST
MAY 15 showers exposed many loopholes in the UP Hindi Sansthan building.
Water seeped from the ceiling, windows, wall-ceiling joints and made an insider feel as if he was out in the open! And so was the plight of over 100 children who were there to participate in the Bal Panchayat. “Are ye kya, paani paani. Kahan baithein,” cried the children, but organizers chose to ignore. But, all this happened in a dramatic way.
At 12:30 noon finance officer Ajay Gupta heads towards his office. A lady sweeper asks him not to go inside. Why? “Sa’ab poore kamre me chhat se pani ris raha hai aur aap kaam nahi kar payenge (water is seeping from the ceiling of the room. You won’t be able to work).”
Gupta ignores the sweeper’s suggestion and goes straight into the office.
This scribe follows him and takes a chair opposite Gupta.
In no time, an office staff comes with a piece of cloth and mops the water from the table. One could see water everywhere inside the room. Condition of Premchand auditorium was even worse than this. A function for the children was on and nobody bothered even as water seeped in from the ceiling. There was hardly any place inside the building that was dry or where water was not seeping in.
Right from the stairs to the small passage that leads to Premchand Auditorium one could see accumulation of water in every nook and corner. If just a couple of hours of rain could do this to such an important office, one could very well understand as to how bad the situation would be when the monsoon set in this June.
The sweepers, however, had a tough time as they spent the entire day in cleaning the accumulated water from the building. When this scribe asked the obvious question about the dilapidated condition of the UP Hindi Sansthan’s building, Gupta politely asked this scribe to talk to the director.
Interestingly, hour’s later handbills were pasted all along the walls of the UP Hindi Sansthan building. It read: “Renovation work was under progress and inconvenience caused due to this is deeply regretted.” And even while an employee was putting up this notice another employee laughed at him.
In the evening director Prabhat Kumar Mishra came to his office.
Talking to HT Lucknow Live, he said: “Renovation work is underway hence things are not in order.” Then why did Sansthan book the Premchand hall? “We never anticipated such a heavy rain in the month of May. But now we’ve decided not to give halls for any function, unless they are fully repaired,” he said.
The UP Hindi Sansthan came into being on 1976. It is after a good 30 long years that State Government has released a sum of Rs 50 lakh for the renovation of building. “Last year, the CM announced this package for the renovation of the building. And now that work has begun, we hope that it would be complete by June-end,” Mishra said.
First Published: May 16, 2006 00:36 IST