03 December, 2020

Powerplay Overs

Akhilesh picks up big projects and sets deadlines to show that he’s the CM

Nirala Tripathi
Powerplay Overs
  • Metro Project: The plan is to have the Lucknow metro rolling well before the 2017 polls. Deadline: Dec 2016
  • Lucknow-Agra X’way: Land acquired with handsome compensation. Will reduce Agra drive to four hours, Delhi to seven.
  • Stadium: Turf and nine pitches already laid out. Stands coming up. Football academy, other sports facilities also planned.


At the spiffy office of the Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC), they have put up a countdown clock. Similar clocks tick away to the deadline set for project completion at the UP Industrial Expressway Author­ity, entrusted with the task of building a six-lane Lucknow-Agra expressway,  and at the offices of the international cricket stadium, besides the LMRC office, which will oversee a makeover of the capital.

The installation of these clocks is a clear hint that chief minister Akhilesh Yadav wants to shake off the tag of apathy and show he means...



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