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Atal Smriti Upwan: Park-cum-memorial to tribute former Prime Minister



Lucknow: The construction of Atal Smriti Upvan, a new electric crematorium and smart classes in Aminabad Girls College is expected to start soon.

The executive committee (EC) of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation (LMC) had allocated funds for these projects in the revised 2020-21 budget, which will be tabled for formal approval before the LMC House on Sunday.

The regular 2020-21 budget was passed by the House in June 2020 instead of March. It was delayed by three months due to the lockdown. Later in December, some of the budgetary provisions were revised and a few new schemes and projects were added in the regular budget. The budget thus revised was then approved by the EC.

The revised budget is of Rs 1116.20 crore against estimated revenue earning of 1116.95 crore. Officers said that the work on most of the development projects and schemes started after approval of the regular budget and nearly 70% of the funds have been used so far.

However, the new projects that were part of the revised budget and got EC approval in December will start after the House’s approval on Sunday.

City mayor Sanyukta Bhatia said, “The work of Atal Smriti Upwan will start soon after funds allocated for it gets approval from the House. Similarly, work for setting up new electric crematorium and smart classes will also start soon..”

According to officers, Rs 30 lakh has been allocated to start the initial work of Atal Smriti Upwan to be constructed on 6.052 hectare land on Jail Road. The park-cum-memorial is being made to pay tribute to former prime minister and ex-Lucknow MP Atal Bihari Vajpayee.

The memorial will consist of Vajpayee’s statue and a library having all his poems and write-ups. An achievement board listing projects implemented under Vajpayee tenure as Lucknow MP will also be displayed in the park. Besides seating facilities, jogging tracks, flower gardens and cafeteria will be constructed on the campus.

Similarly, Rs 10 lakh will be spent on constructing smart classes in Aminabad Girls College, construction of new electric crematorium (Rs 10 lakh), new community centres (Rs 10 lakh) and construction of two new dumping houses (Rs 2 crore).

LMC officials said that the other big projects in which the work has already halfway include Rs 177 crore for road construction and repair; Rs 8.5 crore for cleaning of big and small drains; Rs 70 crore for hiring contractual firms for civic services; Rs 70 crore for streetlights; Rs 30 lakh for beautification of funeral sites and Rs 20 lakh for development of slum areas among others.


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Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza – 11,274 units

Continuing its hold over the sub-4metre compact SUV segment, the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza emerged as the best-seller with sales of 11,274 units in March 2021. It is priced between 7.51 lakh and Rs 11.41 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Hyundai Venue – 10,722 units

Following the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza was the Hyundai Venue with sales of 10,722 units in March 2021. The Venue is available in the price range of Rs 6.87 lakh to Rs 11.67 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Mahindra Bolero – 8,905 units

The third best-selling sub-4metre compact SUV in March 2021 was the Mahindra Bolero with sales of 8,905 units. It is offered in the price bracket of Rs 8.17 lakh to Rs 9.14 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Tata Nexon – 8,683 units

At the fourth position was the Tata Nexon with sales of 8,683 units in March 2021. The Nexon’s price starts at Rs 7.10 lakh and goes up to Rs 12.79 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

Kia Sonet – 8,498 units

The fifth and final position on the list of the top five best-selling compact SUVs in March 2021 was occupied by the Kia Sonet, which registered sales of 8,498 units. Its price ranges from Rs 6.79 lakh to Rs 13.19 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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