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Source: The Hitavada      Date: 12 May 2018 10:54:09


Special Correspondent,

Even after two years, Nagpur Municipal Corporation (NMC) has miserably failed to start Gandhi Sagar Orange City Food Plaza, popularly known as ‘Khau Galli’ - a food and recreational street-along historic Gandhi Sagar bank in front of Raman Science Centre. The civic body had installed 32 canopies. However, eight stalls stand damaged while others also are in a bad shape. The concept of ‘Khau Galli’ was initiated by former Standing Committee Chairman Sudhir Raut in the year 2016 to attract tourists to Gandhi Sagar lake. Sadly, Garden Department and the civic administration have failed to frame a policy to hand over these stalls and collect monthly rent. Now, Garden Department has invited Expression of Interest (EoI) for handing over these stalls to vendors.

The previous Standing Committee had spent around Rs one crore over creating this infrastructure, and beautification work was done there. But in two years since, street lights stand broken, paint is fading out, and tiles are uprooted. The infrastructure developed by spending huge money is simply left to go waste. “The funds allotted for the work were sanctioned during Raut’s regime. The staircases, flooring, electric cables, street lights, poles are already there. The administration has to frame a policy for allotment of the stalls,” Harshala Sable a Congress corporator said.

Raut said, “It will become one of the favourite tourist spots for the youths. This can also create employment for the unemployed youths. The footfall in the area will increase and it will ensure cleanliness of the premises.” The civic body has invited a EOI for finalising the policy. The administration has proposed to allot all the stalls to each individual or establishment for three years. The civic body will levy rent and also collect security deposit from them.