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Political war erupts over colour of cycle tracks in Noida

Unused cycle tracks with signboards resembling the Samajwadi Party’s symbol has drawn flak from opposition parties.

noida Updated: Jul 08, 2016 01:38 IST
Abhishek Anand
Abhishek Anand
Hindustan Times
Samajwadi Party,Bahujan Samaj party,Pratap Chauhan
Opposition parties said the cycle track signboard is a gimmick to help SP in the upcoming elections.(HT File Photo)

Unused cycle tracks with signboards resembling the Samajwadi Party’s (SP) symbol has drawn flak from opposition parties. Terming it as a political gimmick in the election year, the opposition parties slammed SP for forcing the cycle tracks on city residents, as they serve no purpose.

The party symbol of SP is a bicycle with red and green colours in the background. The signboard of the cycle tracks is also painted in the same colours.

The 25-km long cycle track remains unused on large stretches because of encroachment.

“The cycle tracks are constructed from government funds, which is people’s hard earned money. It is not the private property of Samajwadi Party. That they are in power does not mean they will do whatever they want. Moreover, the cycle track is not at the correct location and the government is wasting money on it,” Lakhmi Singh, district president of Bahujan Samaj Party, said.

The BJP criticised the ruling party for following in the tracks of the former BSP government.

“It is like spending money for the party’s promotion. The former BSP government spent money on statues and parks while the current government is spending money on cycle tracks just to keep their election symbol visible through signboards,” Vinod Sharma, city BJP chief, said.

The Congress party, which maintains a neutral relation with SP, also criticised the move.

“This is not fair. It is as if the party is spending its own money. It is the people’s money and they should not use it unnecessarily. They have painted the signboard in their party’s colour. The track is certainly not constructed from the party’s fund. During the upcoming polls, this could create a problem for the party,” Pawan Sharma, Noida Congress chief, said.

Members of Samajwadi Party, however, maintained that the cycle track was constructed by the authority and they had nothing to do with the colour of the track. “It is surprising that those who spent crores of public money in the construction of statues of their leaders are now blaming us. The Noida authority has constructed it and we have not interfered in the construction,” Pratap Chauhan, district chief of SP, said.

First Published: Jul 08, 2016 01:38 IST