LDA to develop public park on 14-acre greenbelt taken over from hotel
LUCKNOW The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) on Wednesday took over the 14,217-acre Taj Hotel greenbelt it had been awarded under a 25-year lease. The area will now be developed into a public park.
The development authority terminated the allotment of the land after the lease period expired and hotel management violated the terms and conditions of the lease, LDA officials said.
In the presence of LDA Vice President Akshay Tripathi, the development authority took the green belt from the rear part of the hotel in its possession.
“The LDA will now develop the green belt as a park for public use. From Monday (May 23), it will be open to the public. Schedules will be finalized soon and admission will be free,” said Akshay Tripathi, Vice President of LDA.
“The park will have a children’s area, synthetic track and other amenities in accordance with National Green Tribunal guidelines,” he said.
According to the LDA VC, the Development Authority on February 17, 1994 had allocated a green belt of 14,217 acres at Vipin Khand, Gomti Nagar, to the Taj Hotel on a 25-year lease which expired on February 16, 2019 .
“The hotel management had requested the renewal of the lease. Subsequently, a committee comprised of LDA officials was formed to conduct an on-site review of the land (green belt) leased to Taj Hotel to determine whether the terms of the lease were met or not,” Tripathi said.
“The committee found that the terms of the lease were violated. According to the lease, the green belt was to be developed free of charge for public use,” he said.
Instead, it was used for commercial purposes, he added.
Under the lease, hotel management was to allocate 1,000 rooms a year to the state tourism department, which it did not allocate, the LDA said.
All efforts to contact the management of the Taj hotel failed as managers did not return phone calls.