Lucknow: Work has started on a flyover at Mall Avenue here, which had raised the hackles of BSP supremo Mayawati as it would pass near her residence and party office.
The flyover, to be constructed by Uttar Pradesh Bridges Corporation at an estimated cost of Rs 40 crore, would be 15 m wide, 650 m long and would be completed in 15 months, official sources said here.
The state government had proposed to construct the flyover in its annual budget.
During a post-budget press conference, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav had said that a large number of bridges were being constructed in the state.
"If anything comes in the way, even then flyover will be constructed, route will not be changed. Crossing is also there," he said.
Taking strong exception to the proposal to build the flyover on the road facing the party headquarters here, BSP member and Leader of Opposition Swami Prasad Maurya had termed it as "politically motivated".
"If there is really a need to ease the traffic, an overbridge should first come up on Vikramaditya Marg which has the residence of SP chief Mulayam Singh Yadav and also has SP office," Maurya had said.
"The government should first worry about the traffic jam on the Vikramaditya Marg before thinking about Loreto Convent-Telibagh route (on the road facing the BSP office)... If they do not do so, it would mean that they have wrong intentions for which they would have to pay a heavy price later," he had said.