24 November, 2020

Just Like Sci-Fi

Saifai, Mulayam's one-horse hometown, seems to be the capital of UP's development schemes

Jitender Gupta
Just Like Sci-Fi
Had it not been for Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mulayam Singh Yadav, Saifai would have been just another dusty one-horse town. But today it has acquired VVIP status—Mulayam was born and brought up here. And this seems to be the only reason why it is undergoing such dramatic changes, leaving its 25,000 population wonder-struck. Being the CM's home town means being bestowed with some privileges. But everyone agrees no town in India has got as many goodies as Saifai. It has not only hosted bigwigs and celebs but is getting the latest in technology, infotech, healthcare, sports. Why, the town can soon boast of a 100-acre airport large enough to handle corporate jets.

Ever since Mulayam came to power in August last year, the pace of development in Saifai has reached frenetic pace. There is nothing small town about it. Tall concrete buildings dominate the landscape. Modern technology has turned Saifai into a state-of-the-art township with greenery and landscaping that would do any city proud. As a result, Saifai stands in sharp contrast to the typical unkempt UP towns....


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