Wonder lake is history now
IT SEEMS town planners have the least regard for nature. A wonderful lake near the Bijli Pasi Quila in the Aashiana locality is history now. The lake is being covered with mud to construct a residential colony over it.Updated: Jan 30, 2006 00:59 IST
IT SEEMS town planners have the least regard for nature. A wonderful lake near the Bijli Pasi Quila in the Aashiana locality is history now. The lake is being covered with mud to construct a residential colony over it. There was a time when people stopped their vehicles here just to spend sometime being close with nature while gazing at the lake. Today what is left of the lake is mounds of mud everywhere over the lake to build another concrete jungle.
It’s time environmentalists paid attention to small lakes in and around Lucknow which are being gobbled up for purely economic reasons.
ONE MAN’S meat is another’s poison- goes the old saying. It appeared true on Sunday following huge turnout of Samajwadi Party workers at Charbagh Railway station on their way back to different destinations soon after the party rally.
On one hand, the railway administration and the Government Railway Police were on their toes manning the crowd, while on the other, the same crowd brought big business for tea stalls and vendors outside the station. “After a long time I could make some good profit,” claimed a tea stall owner. But a cop had something else to say, “Such occasions are a real test for us.”
SOME OFFICIALS of Health department are trying to get more out of the three-day Mass Drug Administration (MDA) programme against filaria that ended on January 10. The programme had remuneration of Rs 100 for every person involved in the distribution of drug on all three days of MDA programme.
owever, some smart officials submitted the statement of remuneration multiplying the amount by 3, bringing the remuneration to Rs 300 per person. Senior officials initially could not understand the high rate of remuneration submitted by some of the officials but as the amount had a lot of differences, most of these officials were asked to prepare their statement of remuneration again.
THE HIGHWAYS weaving out of the city boundary towards Sitapur, Faizabad, Sultanpur, Rae Bareli and Kanpur are the new destination of city gourmets who wish to enjoy village flavour at the ‘dhabas’ and food joints located on these highways.
To attract this crowd the ‘dhaba’ owners are remodeling their joints. ‘Takhts and khats have given way to cottages and huts. Some also boast of AC rooms in view of the demand of city gentry.
Even petrol pump owners are not to be left behind and are setting up modern restaurants adjacent to their stations.
At weekends more people go on long drive with their families, pull over at the roadside ‘dhaba’ to enjoy hot and fresh ‘ghar jaisa’ food there. Even as one enjoys the ambience far from the madding crowd, the aroma of food cooked in the open kitchen fills the air.
For a break from the city restaurants and fast food, the ‘dhabas’ are better option, said some regular visitors. The owners of some ‘dhabas’ said that city elite were their customers and they were hiring reputed cooks to ensure that flow of customers continue.
(Santosh Chowdhury, Venugopal Pillai, Gaurav Saigal, Rajesh Kumar Singh)
First Published: Jan 30, 2006 00:59 IST