Saturday, December 25, 2010

[ZESTCaste] Maya to dedicate crucial projects on B-Day

Maya to dedicate crucial projects on B-Day
TNN, Dec 25, 2010, 05.45am IST

LUCKNOW: A series of some crucial projects, including the sewage
treatment plant (STP) and an auditorium on Kanpur Road await chief
minister Mayawati who would dedicate them to the public on her
birthday on January 15. Though officials remain tight-lipped, there
are reports of a `renovated Hazratganj' too being dedicated to the
public by the CM on that day.

Official sources in the administration said that Mayawati would
inaugurate a new auditorium constructed by Rajkiya Nirman Nigam in Ram
Manohar Lohia National University (RMLNLU). Proposed to be named after
Bhim Rao Ambedkar, the 3,100-seat auditorium is being given final
touches. The auditorium, sprawling over an area of around 1,200 sq mt,
essentially has two halls: one with a 2,800 capacity and a
comparatively smaller one with 300 seats.

On the other hand, the UP Jal Nigam too is all geared up to complete
construction of the STP and get all three channels in an operational
stage by the chief minister's birthday. While one channel of 340
million litres per day (mld) capacity STP got into an operational mode
early this year, the corporation continues to struggle with the second
and third stages, UPJN sources said. In fact, the corporation is
reported to be making a desperate attempt to get the second stream
operational. "But there were some leakages in the channels bringing in
the sewage from the main Gwari pumping stations. That are needed to be
fixed, Jal Nigam sources told TOI. A senior official said that the
leakage needs to be fixed to allow smooth flow of sewage into the
treatment plant.

Managing director, UPJN, AK Srivastava admitted of some problems in
the second stage. "But we are sure of getting in a functional stage in
the next couple of days, he said. Srivastava said that directions have
already been given to the project engineers to get the third phase
completed by the second week of January. Interestingly, chief minister
had set a deadline of November 30 for getting the project completed.

The third and the most important project which is likely to be
dedicated to the public by the chief minister would be a `renovated
Hazratganj'. It is certainly more than a coincidence that the CM had
set a deadline of November 30 for completing renovation of Hazratganj
which completes 200 years of existence this month only. The project,
however, lingered on even as officials insisted it was not possible to
complete the project within the stipulated time frame given the
magnitude of work.

The fresh deadline is now that of first week of January. It will be
only after the due date that the project would be reviewed by a high
power committee afresh before getting it dedicated by the chief
minister. "Our prime concern is to get the place clean as soon as
possible and meet the deadline set by the chief minister, said
divisional commissioner, Prashant Trivedi, who is supervising the
project. None of the officials from the district administration made
it clear as to when the celebrations would be organised. "It may be
organised only in the second week of January,'' a senior official in
the district administration said. Earlier the celebrations, including
the carnival hosted by the Hazratganj Traders Association and Lucknow
Connect, were scheduled for December 26.

A senior official in the state culture department said that there is
still no official date as to when the celebrations would finally be

Read more: Maya to dedicate crucial projects on B-Day - The Times of

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