Mulayam’s aspiration, however, seems misplaced given that a developer is yet to be selected for the metro.
Addressing the foundation stone laying ceremony of metro’s depot for the North-South Corridor, Mulayam said: “I would like to tell the CM and government officials that the foundation stone shouldn’t wait even a day (for the work to start).”
He said many old foundation stones are in place even now.
Referring to C B Gupta, who was UP CM in the 1960s, Mulayam said “a (foundation) stone laid by C B Gupta had to be removed and thrown away”.
“When I used to lay the foundation stone, I used to call the concerned officers (on the dais) and ask them when will the scheme be inaugurated,” Mulayam added.
He then asked the CM when would the metro trains start running.
To this, Akhilesh got up and said it will begin within three years.
In the exchange, an excited Madhukar Jetley, advisor for externally aided projects department, said it will start a year later, to which a surprised CM said “arey! arey!” and gestured him to stop and reiterated the three-year timeframe.
Mulayam asked Akhilesh to halve the time by working at night also.
On the occasion, Mulayam also demanded Bharat Ratna for Metro Man E Sreedharan, former Delhi Metro chief and c\hief advisor of the Lucknow metro rail project, saying he will convey this in person to the authorities concerned and also write a letter for the same.
Earlier, Akhilesh said had the previous state government not wasted money in memorials, there would have sufficient fund for the metro.
“Nowhere in the world have resources been wasted thus as in the previous government,” he said.
PWD minister Azam Khan attacked formed chief minister Mayawati, saying she is the eighth richest woman of the world.
He the SP government spent money on the masses while the BSP government on memorials.
A day after BJP prime ministerial candidate Narendra Mo\di’s statement in Lucknow on his lost buffaloes, Azam said: “He (Modi) is wanting to be the Prime Minister, yet he is still stuck on my buffaloes.”
“With so much talk of Gujarat, it seems it is a separate nation. He (Modi) had announced a metro rail, yet it hasn’t been started till date,” Azam said.