Thursday, June 23, 2011

[ZESTCaste] Dalit memorials, parks to become heritage zones

Dalit memorials, parks to become heritage zones

Express News Service Posted online: Thu Jun 23 2011, 04:50 hrs
Lucknow : z Lucknow Development Authority approves proposal

The Uttar Pradesh government has decided to notify the various
memorials and parks developed on the name of Dalit icons and leaders
in the city as heritage zones.

The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) board approved a proposal to
this effect on Wednesday.

The Bhimrao Ambedkar Samajik Parivartan Sthal and other structures
developed around it in Gomti Nagar, Kanshiram Memorial, Kanshiram
Green Eco Garden, Ramabai Ambedkar Maidan and Baudh Vihar Shanti Upwan
are the main memorials and parks that have been identified for
notification as heritage zones in the master plan.

Vice-chairman of LDA Rajeev Agarwal refused to comment on the possible
restrictions that will be imposed around these memorials after
notification as heritage zones. He also refused to reveal the
yardsticks on which these memorials were being declared as heritage

"The government has constituted a core committee to recommend the
restrictions and guidelines that will be applicable around these
memorials after their notification as heritage zones. The support of
the Archaeologial Survey of India will be taken to frame these
guidelines," Agarwal said.

Publicity of these memorials as heritage zones will also enhance
tourism in Lucknow, he said. The LDA board also approved acquisition
of about 50,000 square metres land in Jiamau for the development of a
parking lot and community services. That land is opposite Ambedkar
Gomti Park and between the sewage pumping station of Haider Canal and

Lohia Path.

The board also gave the go-ahead to a proposal allowing commercial
activities in residential buildings. Permission would be given,
although with certain conditions, in colonies that were regularised
and developed in a planned manner.

The government's approval would also be taken on this proposal.
Commercial activities would be allowed in properties located on a
18-metre road but they should not create pollution in the area.

The LDA board also decided to change the land use of 10,633 square
metres of land in Gomti Nagar from 'green belt and open space' to
'community services' (institutional) to facilitate the development of
the Jaiprakash Narain International Centre (JPNIC).

The Mulayam Singh Yadav government had reserved a three-acre plot
opposite the Regional Passport Office in Gomti Nagar for the centre in
2006. The building was to house two auditoriums, a library and an art
gallery at a cost of Rs 17 crore.

But with the change of guard in 2007, the project came to a halt
following an objection over the use of a piece of green land.

"We are going to revive the project and now a digital library would be
developed in this centre," said the vice-chairman.

To boost land bank, the LDA has decided to purchase 115 acres of land
from the Lucknow Industrial Development Authority (LIDA) on the
Lucknow-Kanpur road. LIDA had already acquired that land and LDA will
develop housing as well industrial projects on it. The board also
decided to demolish about 120 houses that were constructed for the
poor in Devpur Para locality in 2001. These houses are in a
deteriorated condition and near the housing blocks of Kanshram Sahri
Garib Awas Yojna. "These houses would be demolished and new houses
with better civic amenities would be developed there," Agarwal said.


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