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UP CM Akhilesh Yadav defers Noida visit to inaugurate infra projects

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is now expected to inaugurate the projects in January 2017 before the state assembly polls.

noida Updated: Dec 08, 2016 11:21 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
Akhilesh Yadav,Noida,Uttar Pradesh
The chief minister was expected to inaugurate the elevated road but the work is still ongoing.(Burhaan Kinu/HT photo)

Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav is, yet again giving Noida a miss. He has postponed a visit to Noida scheduled on December 11 to inaugurate infra projects. He is now expected to inaugurate the projects in January 2017 before the state assembly polls.

Yadav was scheduled to inaugurate nine ambitious infrastructure projects, including Model Town underpass, 4.8km elevated road, a cricket stadium in sector 21A, a girls school in sector 51, City Centre underpass and a cycle track among others.

He was also to inaugurate five ambitious infrastructure projects in Greater Noida on December 11 — ₹117.60 crore Vijay Singh Pathik Sports Complex, ₹325 crore building of Greater Noida authority, ₹113.41 crore project of 1,950 affordable housing units, a ₹27 crore bridge across Hindon and ₹12.50 crore cycle track project.

Officials said that he has rescheduled the inauguration event to January so that some projects that are still under-construction may get additional time to finish up.

“All the four projects included in the inauguration list are already completed. But now since we have an additional month, we will finish the remaining work in the administrative building project by January,” said Rajiv Tyagi, general manager (projects), of the Greater Noida authority.

Officials said that the CM cancelled the December inauguration event in Noida because the model code of conduct date, which was expected to be implemented in mid-December, has been extended till January.

After demonetisation, the poll schedule is expected to get revised. Also, some important projects like a 4.8 km elevated road in Noida is only half-built. That is another reason of shifting the inauguration. And, opposition parties like Bahujan Samaj Party and Bharatiya Janata Party have accused the CM of inaugurating incomplete projects.

“We already opened half of the elevated road for commuters in October. And, we hope to complete the remaining stretch soon to relieve the commuters from the traffic congestion,” said an official of the Noida authority.

Earlier, the CM was to inaugurate Noida’s nine projects through a video conference from Lucknow. But, officials later started preparations as it was decided that he would visit Noida visit on December 11.

On April 2, 2013, the CM had laid the foundation stone for these projects from Lucknow through video conferencing.

First Published: Dec 08, 2016 11:06 IST