December 06, 2016
Old or Purana Lucknow has always been a multicultural feast for the eye. It’s a place where you can always find people going around; tourists stopping by to see British Residency, Bhool Bhulaiya and Chota Imambada; chaotic traffic; tonga rides and old people enjoying winter sunshine.
With an aim to redevelop the old city of Lucknow, CM Akhilesh Yadav has launched a project named ‘The Beautification of Old Lucknow’. Under this project, the old city is now ready as a beautiful spot for the tourists coming to Lucknow.
The CM recently inaugurated ‘Hussainabad Heritage Zone’ having three beautiful parks, a community centre, parking facility and a 4km jogging pathway.
And not just this, tourists coming in will soon be able to get themselves in the best of food with a new food court.
New Heritage Zone
The Hussainabad Heritage Zone includes a host of amenities for tourists. A total budget of Rs 153 crore has been allocated for the entire programme. The beautification work includes:
- Widening of road from the Teelewali Masjid to Imambara
- Construction of a platform just like in London to ensure comfortable strolling
- A path finding and story-telling gallery for walks
- Picture gallery and beautification of clock tower or Ghanta Ghar
- Provision of a pathway and public utilities in the clock tower park
- The cleaning and development of Satkhanda Park
- The development of Shahi Talaab and the Ghanta Ghar park
- Construction of Sheesh Mahal gate and a community centre near its premises
Tourists can enjoy the splendour of the monuments in the evening as special arrangements have been made to illuminate the Hussainabad Clock Tower and the Satkhanda tower.
The government agencies are under the process of laying cobalt stones from the Rumi Gate to the Satkhanda. When the tourists take a stroll on the road, they would treasure watching these historic monuments.
Hussainabad to Get a Grand Museum
Uttar Pradesh government has decided to build a huge fully air conditioned museum near Hussainabad area with a budget of more than Rs 30 crores. The museum will come up near Neebu Park transmission sub-station. Various government agencies like Lucknow Development Authority, Nagar Nigam, Forest Department, PWD etc. have come together to work for the same.
Through the museum, the tourists will get all the information about the Nawabs of Awadh. All sorts of facts and information related to the great personalities of the country would be made available to the tourists in the museum.
New Food Court
Next to the museum, a double story air-conditioned food court will be built in an area of 1100 square metres with facility of parking and toilets. Several food stalls of biryani and chaat will be allowed to set up with the ease of a walk through. Vendors will also be setting their shops on the two 12m wide pavements, one on the Gulab park side and the other opposite the building housing Jal Nigam.
Uttar Hamara would like to congratulate CM Akhilesh Yadav for his pioneering efforts to promote tourism in old Lucknow and restore its beauty!
Watch this video to see the transformation: