Rae Bareli awaits another BSP-Congress tussle

After Railway Coach Factory,another project in Rae Bareli is becoming a bone of contention between the Congress and and the BSP government in the state.

Written by Express News Service | Lucknow | Published: July 11, 2009 1:58:34 am

After Railway Coach Factory,another project in Rae Bareli is becoming a bone of contention between the Congress and and the BSP government in the state.

A joint team of Petroleum Ministry and Oil Industry Development Board will visit the proposed site of the Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Petroleum Technology (RGIPT) at Jais in Rae Bareli on Saturday to examine the delay in the land acquisition process for the institute.

On Thursday,Congress MP Jagdambika Pal had accused the UP government of delaying important projects in Rai Bareli and Amethi Lok Sabha constituencies,leading to angry protests by BSP members in the Lok Sabha. The MP had alleged that the UP government was not providing the land for the RGIPT.

Although the RGIPT began its academic session 2008-09 in a hired portion of Feroz Gandhi Polytechnic College,Rae Bareli,it still awaits the “letter of intent” from the state government for acquiring the 96 acres for the institute.

Legal advisor of the RGIPT,S K Bajpyee said: “There is no progress in the land acquisition process for the project in the last one year. The Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Corporation (UPSIDC),which is supposed to acquire the required land,has referred the matter to the state government.” “The state mining department functions as the nodal agency for the UPSIDC and matters related to the acquisition of the land is pending with the department,” Bajpayee added.

Accompanied by officials of various oil companies,Petroleum Secretary R S Pandey will reach Rae Bareli and look into the matter on Saturday. “They might also explore possibilities to acquire land from private parties,” he said.

Rae Bareli DM Chranjeet Singh Bakhshi denied any attempt by the administration to thwart the process of land acquisition. “I am looking into the matter and will soon get the issue resolved,” he said.

The institute was initially proposed to be set up in Piparpur area of Sultanpur district. “It required nearly 650 acres land for the project. But in the absence of a big area,it was shifted to Rae Bareli. Under the new arrangement in Jais,the institute now required 150 acres. The RGIPT has already got 45 acres and now needs nearly 96 acres,” a local Congress leader said.

The RGIPT aims to produce world class “Petrocrats”. A training and educational institute,it will render technical and management training to the petroleum industry. On December 3,2007,the Lok Sabha had passed the RGIPT Bill. The state Congress has decided to take up the issue and has given three days to the government to take action. Rita Bahuguna Joshi,state Congress president,said: “Once fully functional,RGIPT will be one of its kind in India and bring employment in the region also. If state government does not take action within three days,we will launch our protest.”

Rae Bareli has already witnessed a tussle between the UPA government and the BSP government over the allotment of land for the Railway Coach Factory.

‘Never mix politics with development’
Chief Minister Mayawati said the state government has issued orders for providing land for the RGIPT at Tiloi in Rae Bareli.

She refuted the Congress’ allegations that the state government was not extending cooperation to the Central schemes in Rai Bareli and Sultanpur. “I do not indulge in politics in the matter of development of the state and my government has always extended full cooperation to the Central government,” she said.

“Whenever the Centre sought our assistance,it was extended by our government within the framework of rules and regulations,” she added. Mayawati said 189 hectares of land was given on lease to the Railway Ministry for the coach factory in 2008 and later additional 72 hectares was also provided.

“I want to draw the attention of the Congress-led UPA government that the two districts Rai Bareli and Sultanpur do not constitute the state of Uttar Pradesh,it’s a very big state with 71 districts,” the CM said. ens

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