The hi-tech customised rath of Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on Thursday broke down after barely covering a kilometre, forcing him to switch to his official vehicle to continue his state-wide ‘Vikas Rath Yatra’. After being flagged off by Samajwadi Party supremo Mulayam Singh Yadav at La-Martinere College grounds and hitting Lohia Path, a stone’s throw away from the venue, the blazing-red 10-wheel Mercedes ‘rath’ developed some technical snag, forcing Akhilesh to shift to his official SUV. The chief minister anxiously waited for the repair works to be completed, but he decided to go ahead with his yatra in his official SUV.
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Re-designed at a cost of Rs 5 crore, keeping in mind security and other requirements of the CM, the Mercedes bus has world class interiors and is equipped with top-of-the-line gadgets and amenities. It is quipped with bullet proof glass and is split into two areas. The office area is a mini-version of the chief minister’s office, where the CM can hold meetings with not more than 5-6 persons. The remaining space is occupied by a kitchen, rest area and a plush washroom. It comes with modern acoustic system and an elevator which would take the CM to the roof to interact with a larger audience.
It has a network-enabled Internet facility with 4G speed to keep the twitter-savvy CM always connected. He can also make video calls from the rath. The vehicle is fitted with LED screens to play creatives (videos, photos, photo videos) showcasing the achievements of the Akhilesh Yadav government.
(With PTI inputs)