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‘Maya memorials threat to Lucknow’

Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has said the parks and memorials built on the downstream of Gomti river in the state capital by the previous Mayawati government pose a serious flood threat to the city, and particularly to the CM's residence at Kalidas Marg.

‘The design of the parks and memorials are faulty. These are constructed on the downstream of Gomati and a good rain can flood these areas. There is a big threat to the CM's residence. It can be inundated any day if there is  heavy rain,’ Yadav said while intervening during the question hour in the UP assembly here on Friday.

Yadav said that the BSP government had done all the construction work on the downstream of Gomti river. The Haider canal has been reduced to a
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and flow of water has been restricted there. He also announced that the government was conducting a hydrological study on the impact of parks and memorials on the Gomti river.

Earlier, while replying to a question of BJP member Laxmikant Bajpai, state PWD minister Shivpal Singh Yadav said that the state government has ordered a technical probe into the impact on Gomti river due to the construction of the parks and memorials on its bank by the previous government

The minister said the government would take action only after receiving technical report. Besides, he said, a PIL over the issue is also pending in the Allahabad High Court.

However, leader of the opposition Swami Prasad Maurya defended the construction of parks and memorials claiming that these structures have added beauty to this area where there used to be filth earlier.

He also warned the government not to interfere with these parks and memorials which are named after dalit icons.

State Parliamentary Affairs minister Mohammad Azam Khan also mentioned how the previous Mayawati government had misused the funds meant for sewage system in Allahabad. ‘The manholes of the city have been closed. If it rains during Kumbh mela whole of mela ground would be inundated,’ he said.

BJP member Hukum Singh said the government should ensure that the bank of river Gomti is not encroached by people living there. Before the monsoon sets in, filth from the river should be removed, he said.

Azam Khan assured the House that the government would do the needful.
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