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So, CM?s baby hits a century

AFTER INTEGRATING the 10 acres of UP Badminton Academy land, Lohia Park is all set to swell further. The LDA Board gave its nod to the alternate land being offered to the UP Badminton Academy Association (UPBA) in Vijayant and Vibhuti Khand of Gomti Nagar along with the department?s budget here on Tuesday.

india Updated: May 03, 2006 00:29 IST

AFTER INTEGRATING the 10 acres of UP Badminton Academy land, Lohia Park is all set to swell further.

The LDA Board gave its nod to the alternate land being offered to the UP Badminton Academy Association (UPBA) in Vijayant and Vibhuti Khand of Gomti Nagar along with the department’s budget here on Tuesday.

So, what next? Add up another 10 acres of the power sub-station land adjacent to the park and the CM’s dream baby would hit a century. Yes, with 100-acres of sprawling greenery, the verdant Lohia Park would add yet another feather to its cap—that of being one of the biggest parks in the country! “Yes, the Board has passed the proposal and the matter would now be referred to the State Government,” said LDA Vice Chairman BB Singh when contacted by HT Lucknow Live.

While LDA is offering 7.9 acres and 2.5 acres of land in Vijayant and Vibhuti Khand of Gomti Nagar respectively, the money spent so far on the under construction Badminton Academy, around Rs 4 crore, would be picked up by the State Government. “The only hitch is that the UPBA is demanding greater ground coverage for the 7.9 acres playfield we are offering to it in Vijayant Khand. The prescribed ground coverage in normal course is around 5 per cent of the area.

But since the academy would be an indoor stadium, the association wants 100 per cent ground coverage,” said an LDA official.

So, would the land use of the playfield also require a change? While LDA Chief Town Planner CP Sharma was non-committal on the issue, the LDA VC said that a final decision in this connection would be arrived at on Wednesday. But these, the LDA officials said, were merely formalities now that would be sorted out soon.

First Published: May 03, 2006 00:29 IST