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Maya?s baby too heavy!

HAVING CONCEIVED, nourished and given shape to former BSP chief minister Mayawati?s multi-crore dream baby Ambedkar Memorial all this while, the LDA has decided it can no longer bear the responsibility of rearing it anymore.

india Updated: Jun 02, 2006 00:01 IST

HAVING CONCEIVED, nourished and given shape to former BSP chief minister Mayawati’s multi-crore dream baby Ambedkar Memorial all this while, the LDA has decided it can no longer bear the responsibility of rearing it anymore.

In a proposal to the State Government, the civic agency has expressed its inability to look after the Memorial, as it neither had the resources nor funds for its upkeep. “Ever since I took charge I was flooded with complaints by officials in-charge of Memorial, how necessary repair and maintenance related work was suffering because of lack of funds,” said LDA Chief Engineer DR Yadav. “After all, how many parks or projects of similar nature can we manage,” he said adding that the LDA was already acting as a nodal agency for upcoming Indira Gandhi Pratishthan in Gomti Nagar not to mention the Lohia Park. “Consequently, I mooted a proposal and sent it to my vice chairman stating that the responsibility of looking after the Memorial should be passed on to the Rajkiye Nirman Nigam (RNN),” he said.

The State Government, he said, had approved of the idea and issued an order by which the RNN had now been entrusted with the responsibility to look after the maintenance of the Rs 125-crore project. The officials of LDA’s finance section, however, had a different take on the matter. “Yes, we have received an order from the State Government under which a sum of Rs 75 lakh has been earmarked for the upkeep of the monument,” said a senior finance officer.

But the April 7 order, he said clearly states that the payment would be made from time to time against bills to be raised by the LDA about the development/maintenance work undertaken by it on the Memorial. He admitted that there was some confusion on the issue as the GO did not specifically mentioned that the maintenance grant was meant for the RNN. “We would seek a clarification on the issue from the State Government soon,” he said. But till such time, the confusion is removed, the Memorial, it appears, would be nobody’s baby.

First Published: Jun 02, 2006 00:01 IST