Akhilesh Yadav projects under Yogi Adityanath scanner, including Rs 9 crore for catching snakes

Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s office has received a recommendation to order the “special audit” on costs incurred to build the Janeshwar Mishra Park and Jai Prakash Narayan International Centre (JNIPC), and development of the Hussainabad area in Lucknow’s old city.

Written by Lalmani Verma | Lucknow | Updated: July 6, 2017 7:01 am
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ESCALATED COSTS, violation of tender norms, failure to obtain necessary approvals and, Rs 9 crore spent on catching snakes at a park. These are some of the charges that may be investigated by the BJP government in Uttar Pradesh during a “detailed special audit” into alleged irregularities in three flagship projects undertaken by the previous SP government headed by Akhilesh Yadav.

According to officials, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s office has received a recommendation to order the “special audit” on costs incurred to build the Janeshwar Mishra Park and Jai Prakash Narayan International Centre (JNIPC), and development of the Hussainabad area in Lucknow’s old city. All the three projects were undertaken under the direct supervision of Akhilesh, who headed the Housing department, which carried out these projects.

In May, two months after the new government took charge, Lucknow Divisional Commissioner Anil Garg constituted three separate committees to probe these projects separately. Each committee was headed by a chief engineer of the public works department with a superintending engineer and two executive engineers as its other members. Their reports, which recommended the special audit, were submitted last week. According to officials, the probe panels found that Rs 864 crore had been spent on developing JPNIC, which is yet to be completed; Rs 396 crore on Janeshwar Mishra Park; and around Rs 265 crore for the Hussainabad development.

“These amounts are more than the double the initial sanctioned costs for the projects,” said sources. When contacted by The Indian Express, Garg did not discuss specific findings of the reports but said that “a special audit has been recommended in the JPNIC and Hussainabad heritage zone projects”.

“Financial anomalies have been found in execution of the projects. Rules were violated in tender process of various works in these projects. The probe panels reported that procurement of different material and equipment for these projects, some of which were not needed, were done on the rates much higher than existing market rates,” said Garg.

According to sources, the government audit is likely to investigate these charges:

* Hussainabad, with areas close to protected monuments, was redeveloped without obtaining a no-objection certificate from the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). Normal road material was replaced with cobalt stones, and normal streetlights with designer lights.

* At Janeshwar Mishra Park, several boats, each costing Rs 20 lakh, were purchased. Around Rs 14 crore was spent on landscape and horticulture work, and around Rs 9 crore paid for catching snakes. Developed across 376 acres, the park has a 10.5-km-long walkway and a water body with Gondola rides. “The inquiry committee has pointed out anomalies in procurement done for the park and the accountability of LDA officials concerned should be fixed,” said an official associated with the probe.

* The JNIPC, which includes a museum, a guest house, an aquatic block with international-level swimming and diving pools, a convention centre and a sports complex, is yet to be completed. “Under the special audit, any agency engaged by the government will conduct a detailed probe into the financial aspects of these projects,” said sources.

Akhilesh had inaugurated Janeshwar Mishra Park in August 2014, JPNIC on October 11, 2016, and the Hussainabad redevelopment on December 4, 2016.

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    Srinivas Prusty
    Jul 6, 2017 at 12:07 pm
    It feels good to see SP Govt. paid money for reason. What if they have spent money without citing any reason? We should be proud that they have maintained some level of ethics.
    1. Damodar Biswal
      Jul 6, 2017 at 11:42 am
      SP n BSP looted UP treasury .Akhilesh though comparatively better allowed his uncle ,the PWD minister to loot UP.Mayawati,Akhiles n his uncle never imagined that they will lose power n there can be some investigation against them.Now pay the price.
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        Kamal Pasha
        Jul 6, 2017 at 11:29 am
        In simple words, Yogi and all his ministers are looting UP.
        1. A
          Jul 6, 2017 at 11:19 am
          Before writing negative comments against Akhilesh Yadav, i think people should check the facts with residents of Lucknow. For one it is a well known fact that the Janeshwar Mishra park was infested with snakes. In the beginning (when the park was opened for public) you could see them slithering all around.
          1. Damodar Biswal
            Jul 6, 2017 at 11:44 am
            So the Govt. spent 9 crores in catching snakes !! Is it not unbelievable?U may be a supporter of SP but kindly do not close ur eyes .
            1. M
              Jul 6, 2017 at 7:46 pm
              He (ABDL) has lost his head - so what to speak of the eyes !
          2. Kiran Prakash Gupta
            Jul 6, 2017 at 10:44 am
            This is known as secularism acclaimed by the media funded by ISI
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