To pay homage to the late leader and former Prime Minister of India, Atal Bihari Vajepayee, Lucknow’s famous ‘Hazratganj Chauraha’ will be renamed as “Atal Chowk” and the City of Nawabs also plans to build a memorial for Vajepayee.

It has been reported that the famous ‘Hazratganj Chauraha’ of Lucknow will be renamed as ‘Atal Chowk’. The mayor of Hyderabad Sanyukta Bhatia said that, “A number of councilors were demanding different roads and round-abouts be named after Atal Bihari Vajpayee. However, we were looking for something grand enough to fit the stature of the former Prime Minister. Hence it has been decided that most prominent and biggest intersection of Lucknow, which is also referred as the heart of the city- “Hazratganj Chaurha’ will be named after Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee”.

Sanyukta also said that they are planning for developing a memorial for Atal ji soon, as he had been a parliamentary member from Lucknow for five times straight. She said that they want to conserve his memories and hence they will build the memorial named “Atal Smriti Upvan”. “Lucknow was always special for Atalji. Hence, we want to conserve the memories of our beloved leader. A draft has been prepared for developing a memorial which will be named after Bharat Ratna Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Most probably it will be called as Atal Smriti Upvan”, added Bhatia.

Besides this, the city administration is also planning to place his statue along with his own poems, speeches and other memorable things. The procedure for deciding place for the memorial has already begun and the construction will be started soon. The decision for putting up the memorial and renaming the ‘Hazratganj Chauraha’ was taken by the Lucknow municipal corporation councilors to pay homage to the former prime minister. Other parties also agreed over the suggestion and the final decision was taken at an executive council meeting of the Lucknow Municipal Corporation. It’s not just Lucknow to have declared to rename some place after Mr Vajepayee, but many other states have made announcements to rename places in the name of the late leader.

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