Farah, 2018.05.14 (VT): At a Swaraj Abhiyan meeting on Saturday, Hema Malini promised water tanks across Braj and water connections for every household. Malini listened to the villagers concerns, many of which were about the difficulty of accessing water and the saltiness of the water supplied in many villages.
Malini told villagers that she doesn’t know the reason that the water in Braj is salty but she would make efforts so that water from the Ganga canal benefits the villages in the Farah area. She promised villagers that huge water tanks like in the movie Sholay would be built in every village.
Villagers said that they are forced to feed salty water to livestock, and that this water is not good for the health of animals. Malini said that when she first started working in Braj, she was shocked at the poor condition of the Brajwasi people. She said that she will do what she can to help and promised to speak to the ministers of different departments.
On Friday, Malini visited the Jawaharbagh area where a park is being constructed. Malini said that the park should include memorials for saints and poets like Surdas and Ras Khan; a train ride; a food court and a walkway around the perimeter.
Malini expressed concern about the peacocks being displaced from the area. Part of the area was previously a slum. In 2016, more than 20 people and 2 police officers died in clashes when the land was reclaimed by the Government.
The park covers an area of 43 hectares and is being developed at the cost of Rs.15.93 crore (US$23,64,808), of which Rs3.3 Crore (US$5,19,575) has already been spent.
The construction of the park is around 20% complete. Braj Tirtha Vikas Parishad (BVTP) Vice President, Shailjakant Mishra is supervising the project. In March this year, Mishra alerted other officials about the substandard building materials being used. The State Construction Corporation then lost the contract to develop the park and the work was entrusted to UPPNDS