Vrindavan, 2011.08.08 (VT). The Braj Vrindavan Heritage Alliance (BVHA) was founded as the result of continued reckless development in Braj. Development projects in Braj have been threatening devotional traditions, heritage landscapes and buildings, trees and even human life.
Just over a week ago, VT posted an article reporting on BVHA’s latest meeting, in which they resolved to present a memorandum to the District Magistrate regarding the destructive nature of the onslaught of infrastructure projects, which are done several times and poorly, duplicating work (thus spending more money) and inconveniencing and endangering residents and pilgrims with dug-up roads and extreme traffic congestion.
The Parikrama Marg is being made into a high-traffic ring road, imperiling pilgrim pedestrians and damaging or destroying public buildings. This development initiative is even further diminishing the devotional essence of the town by painting over local artwork to create a uniform look for the town. One devotee, realizing that such art would soon be erased from the Parikrama Marg, took the photos featured here.
Now, the Comptroller and Auditor General’s new report on Uttar Pradesh’s State Finances draw specific attention to the waste and chaos wrought by reckless development schemes in the state. Following is an article from The Times of India reporting the CAG findings. The full CAG report can be found online here.
State’s mantra: when you can’t finish a project, start a new one
Pankaj Shah, TNN Aug 9, 2011.
LUCKNOW: The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has indicted the Mayawati government of gross financial mismanagement in irrigation and infrastructure projects like roads and bridges, which led to a cumulative loss of over Rs 800 crores to the state exchequer.
The CAG report also points out how, during financial year 2009-10, the state government pumped in Rs 881 crores in 126 infrastructure projects that remained incomplete till March 31, 2010. Not only this, there were repeated delays in execution of projects that led to cost escalation.
Moreover, the government never came up with any explanation as to what led to the delay, the CAG observed. “The non-completion of project not only led to cost escalation, but was also suggestive of the fact that the state government gave priority to propose new projects at the cost of old and incomplete projects,” the CAG said.
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