The stench of unfulfilled promises in ‘model’ Phulpur

first_img“This is our own little Prayagraj,” laughs Pramila Pal. Her sarcastic allusion to the Sangam, the confluence of the Ganga, Yamuna and the mythical Saraswati, is aimed at the huge pool of mud and slush formed at her door because of drain water running from different directions. “We face a lot of problems in moving about. But it becomes most embarrassing when we have visitors,” says Ms. Pal, who belongs to an OBC (Other Backward Class) community. She lives in Jaitwardih, a village roughly three kilometres from the banks of the Ganga in the Phaphamau region of Allahabad. While residents remember the village as always being bereft of civic amenities and basic infrastructure, their grouse is that there have been no real improvements despite its adoption as as a ‘model village’ after the Narendra Modi government came to power in 2014. Uttar Pradesh Deputy Chief Minister Keshav Prasad Maurya, who adopted the village, was the local MP till last year and the upcoming bypoll on March 11 is to elect his successor.Barring a few patches, most of the roads and gullies in the village are kuccha, uneven and in a decrepit state, marked by overflowing drains. Lone developmentThe lone development that has taken place in the village since it was adopted was the installation of toilets, says Magru Yadav, a resident. Sachin Yadav, a property dealer, complains that Mr. Maurya never paid heed to the civic issues nor delivered on constructing the promised pathways. Locals also say that while the power supply is satisfactory, water supply in the village is irregular. A few blocks away, in the Jatav locality, Kanchan Bharatiya says the village “urgently needs a colony to come up as most of its residents were still living in mud houses.” Another issue facing the village is that of security. The solar lights in the local Sulabh complex were recently stolen.Mahavir Yadav, the pradhan, says the poor roads and the absence of a good drainage system are the bane of the village. He, however, says that a water tank, one Sulabh toilet complex and 92 electric panels have come up in the village after Mr. Maurya adopted it.Mr. Keshav Prasad Maurya was not available for comment.last_img read more

Raj Kapoor’s memorial to get world’s largest peace hall in Pune

first_imgLate actor Raj Kapoor’s memorial in Loni Khabhor, Pune, will soon contain the world’s largest peace hall designed by architect and educationist Dr. Viswanath Karad, founder-chairman, MIT University.The hall will be inaugurated on October 2 this year with a World Peace Conference. The hall will be larger than the St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City and house statues of various philosophers, saints as well as scientists. Construction of the monument began in 2005 with no blueprint, sketches or a professional architect, but only with help from local labourers. The structure will stand for world peace and will have bronze structures weighing around 2,000 kilos each. “I had wanted to create a peace monument and started my work 13 years ago on the structure. It was a tribute to Mother India who has withstood the onslaught of time and amalgamated the cultures that came in as her own. It developed with time into a magnificent dome and will now house the world’s largest peace library besides being the world’s largest peace prayer hall,” Dr. Karad said. The memorial, which stands on the same land as the late actor’s farmhouse, was purchased by Dr. Karad from Kapoor’s family 13 years ago, and he began working on the hall shortly thereafter. Kapoor, in his will, had stated that his farmhouse, if ever sold, should go to an educational institution. Kapoor’s bungalow, which still exists on the land, will stand along with statues of him from his best films, a seven-pagoda tribute and the peace hall. “Something more had to be done here. The dome was destined to be on this land,” Dr. Karad said.On being asked about his hidden narrative in his new architectural project Dr. Karad said “Philosophy, spiritualism and science coexist and when they come together, the world becomes a better place to live in. Whether it be my speech in the UN or here, through the statues of the saints, philosophers or scientists who bless us, the mission is world peace and coexistence. The dome was destined to be on this land. I am merely an instrument.”last_img read more

KaTropa make it

first_imgLady Warriors blank rivals In the end, it was the depth, playoff experience and shooting prowess that mattered largely for the KaTropa, who rained down threes in the middle quarters to put their elimination round tormentors away.The absence of proper spacing in the paint forced Troy Rosario to take his game from beyond the arc, firing four threes before halftime that shoved them slightly ahead and set the tone for the blowout.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJayson Castro craftily bored holes in the Phoenix defense and fed Jericho Cruz and inside operator Kelly Williams, opening a double-digit advantage going into the final period.So fluid was the KaTropa offense that they just went through the process of counting down the minutes while protecting a 20-point lead. Typhoon ‘Tisoy’ threatens Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Families in US enclave in north Mexico hold sad Thanksgiving Pussycat Dolls set for reunion tour after 10-year hiatus John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES Google honors food scientist, banana ketchup inventor and war hero Maria Orosa LOOK: Iya Villania meets ‘Jumanji: The Next Level’ cast in Mexicocenter_img View comments With big boss Manny V. Pangilinan watching at ringside, TNT arranged a must-win tiff with league-leading San Miguel Beer in the next round.TNT 118—Rosario 18, Castro 17, Cruz 17, Pogoy 15, Semerad 12, Williams 11, Tautuaa 10, Reyes 5, Garcia 4, Tamsi 4, Paredes 3, Nuyles 2, Carey 0, Golla 0, Torres 0.PHOENIX 97—Wright 18, Kramer 16, Alolino 13, Jazul 11, Perkins 10, Chan 9, Mendoza 7, Eriobu 5, Intal 4, Guevarra 2, Wilson 2, Cortes 0, Dehesa 0, Gamboa 0.Quarters: 27-25, 54-49, 94-76, 118-97ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Phoenix reluctantly stepped out of Smart Araneta Coliseum on Sunday night, never to return in this season’s PBA Philippine Cup.TNT KaTropa brazenly ushered the Fuel Masters to the exit with an overpowering 118-97 win in a knockout setting for the eighth and final quarterfinal spot.ADVERTISEMENT Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university PLAY LIST 01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more