Lucknow: Caring little about allegations of
misuse of funds for erecting parks and statues, Uttar Pradesh
Chief Minister Mayawati will inaugurate two more as a tribute
to Dr B R Ambedkar on his birth anniversary on December 6.
To be named after the architect of the Constitution, both
the parks are coming up in the city`s Gomti Nagar locality,
where a grand memorial in the name of Amebdkar exists already.
While one is being developed over a sprawling 22 acres of
land featuring the city`s biggest and most spectacular musical
fountain, the other is coming up over 23 acres on the banks of
river Gomti `bandha` and would have the first four-faced
statue of the iconic leader, an official told a news agency.
"Cast in marble, the 18-ft high statue has been sculpted
in Jaipur. Another 12 feet high statue of Dr Ambedkar has been
put up inside a huge pavilion at one of the parks", he said.
The state government has sanctioned around Rs 150 crore
to develop the two parks.
With well laid out pathways, flower beds and lights,
the entire 45-acre stretch of Gomti Barrage is being
beautified to provide a visual treat to visitors.
"There will be a mix of light, music and colours. The
hi-tech musical fountain has cost Rs 2.5 crore", the official
The Lucknow Development authority (LDA) earlier wanted
to sell this reclaimed land along the Gomti river for the
construction of a hotel.
However, the idea was shelved after the High Court shot
down the proposal on a public interest litigation challegning
Opposition parties including Congress, BJP and
Samajwadi Party have been alleging that Central funds were
misused by Mayawati government for construction of parks and