3 sites spotted for proposed new assembly building in Lucknow

  • | Monday | 2nd October, 2023

LUCKNOW: Work on the proposed new Vidhan Sabha building gathered pace when a presentation on the project was made by senior officials before Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Sunday.Reliable sources told TOI that at least three possible sites for the project were discussed, and a final decision is likely to be announced by the CM very soon. According to officials, a land parcel of approximately 200 acres is being searched for in the city for the project.These include a 160-acre site located near Chak Gajaria farms on Sultanpur Road, identified during the Samajwadi Partys previous regime. This piece of land was also discussed in 2019.Another possible site is that of the DGP headquarters and Lucknow Zoo in Narhi, when the zoo is shifted to the Kukrail Forest Reserve as per a decision taken by the UP Cabinet in 2022. The forest department recently revealed that the zoo could be shifted within the next two years. The third possibility is the expansion of the new Lok Bhawan building to incorporate Darul Shafa. Sources who were at the meeting confirmed that a detailed presentation was made before the CM on Sunday where the possible options for location of the building, inspired by the new Parliament building in Delhi, were discussed. UP Vidhan Sabha Speaker Satish Mahana had announced earlier this year that the building may be ready before 2027 to allow at least some sittings in the new building for the current 18th Assembly. The governments decision to construct a new Vidhan Sabha building was revealed by parliamentary affairs minister Suresh Khanna in his response to a question by a SP MLA in the state Assembly. The Speaker said a token budgetary provision of Rs 50 crore had been set aside for the project.

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