UP budget 2018: Rs 300 cr for new infra in Lucknow,Rs 20 cr for eco reserve at Kukrail
Lucknow has also bagged allocations under various sectors that are expected to transform the city into smart, clean and one of the most developed ones of Uttar Pradesh.lucknow Updated: Feb 17, 2018 14:36 IST
State capital’s favourite picnic spot—Kukrail Forest Reserve — is all set to get an eco-tourism boost.
- Budgetary allocation of Rs 500 crore for Agra-Lucknow Expressway
- An amount of Rs 300 crore proposed for new infrastructural facilities
- Provision of Rs 1650 crore under the Smart City Mission Scheme for Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Varanasi, Allahabad, Aligarh, Jhansi, Moradabad, Bareilly and Saharanpur
- Provision of Rs 20 crore for sub mission on Agro Forestry Scheme and establishment of Tourism and Bio-diversity Centre in Kukrail Forest range is proposed
- Provision of Rs 250 crore for the implementation of ‘One District, One Product’ scheme
In the budget for 2018-19, the state government has allocated Rs 20 crore for the establishment of tourism and bio-diversity centre at the forest reserve, which spread across 5000 acres.
Apart from the bio-diversity centre, Lucknow has also bagged allocations under various sectors that are expected to transform the city into smart, clean and one of the most developed ones of Uttar Pradesh.
“The allocation is welcome. A bio diversity centre here will make Lucknow an eco-tourism hub,” said an official associated with the Kukrail Forest Reserve.
The idea of developing Kukrail as an eco-tourism spot was mooted by chief minister Yogi Adityanath during a function organised to mark Van Mahotsav in November last.
The government has also allocated Rs 1650 crore under its smart city mission for the development of Lucknow, Kanpur, Agra, Varanasi, Allahabad, Aligarh, Jhansi, Moradabad, Bareilly and Saharanpur.
Under the smart city plan, the city will witness area-based developments.
The projects are mostly related with reducing congestion, air pollution, ensuring security and boosting local economy.
Better road network, space for cyclists and pedestrians on roads are also expected to be created under the plan.
The district administration said the city will also witness a boost in heritage-based economy as allocations talk of promoting tourism, local cuisines, arts, crafts, culture, sports goods, etc.
Similarly, the allocations of Rs 1100 crore for Swaccha Bharat Mission for cities, Rs 5000 crore for rural pockets and Rs 2200 crore for Amrut Yojna, which focuses on the establishment of adequate sewage and water supply networks will also help the city in getting a makeover.
The government has also proposed Rs 300 crore for developing new infrastructural facilities in Lucknow and Rs 250 crore for the implementation of ‘one district, one product’ scheme.
Officials said the allocation under ‘one district, one product’ scheme will probed to be a boon in the revival of state capital’s traditional Chikankari work.
“We are hopeful as Chikankari finds mention in the budget,” said Mohammed Idris, a Chikankari artisan from Chowk.
First Published: Feb 17, 2018 14:36 IST