Yogi Opens Third Eye

Adityanath govern­ment or­ders re­view of mega projects un­der Akhilesh’s rule

India Today - - STATES - By Ashish Misra

On March 28, just nine days af­ter tak­ing oath as Ut­tar Pradesh chief min­is­ter, Yogi Adityanath used his sig­na­ture saf­fron gam­chha to block out the pu­trid stench ris­ing from the Gomti river, less than 3 km from his 5, Kal­i­das Marg res­i­dence in Luc­know. Shock­ingly, this was the state of the river af­ter the pre­vi­ous Sa­ma­jwadi Party govern­ment had spent Rs 1,450 crore on an am­bi­tious project to clean up and beau­tify the Gomti river­front. Adityanath was in­formed that an­other Rs 950 crore would be needed to com­plete the project.

Re­port­edly ap­palled at the cost and time over­run, Adityanath or­dered a probe into the project. A three-man committee he set up, un­der re­tired judge Alok Ku­mar Singh, submitted its re­port on May 20. Sources say the in­quiry has ques­tioned the role of a se­nior cab­i­net min­is­ter of the Akhilesh Ya­dav govern­ment be­sides that of Alok Ran­jan, for­mer state chief sec­re­tary and head of the Project Mon­i­tor­ing Group, and six ir­ri­ga­tion depart­ment en­gi­neers.

Ran­jan, how­ever, has clar­i­fied the project was on sched­ule when he demit­ted of­fice on June 30, 2016. “As the head of the Project Mon­i­tor­ing Group, my role was mon­i­tor­ing the speed of the project and not fis­cal su­per­vi­sion,” he says.

In­sid­ers say the Adityanath govern­ment is ex­er­cis­ing un­usual cau­tion be­fore or­der­ing ac­tion on the in­quiry re­port. The chief min­is­ter has con­sti­tuted an­other four-mem­ber committee, headed by ur­ban devel­op­ment min­is­ter Suresh Khanna, to ex­am­ine the Alok Ku­mar Singh committee’s re­port.

STENCH OF A SCAM Yogi Adityanath in­structs of­fi­cials af­ter in­spect­ing the Gomti river­front in Luc­know

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