Solapur: Solapur is still waiting for promised Urdu Ghar for more than 3 years. The Government of Maharashtra made an announcement in 2014 to build Urdu Ghar in six districts across state. Solapur being one of them have been sanctioned Rs 5 crores but the construction is yet to see the light of the day.
Ex. Mayor and sitting corporator Adv. U N Beria, All India Urdu Literary Conference office bearers, two other corporators Riyaz Kharadi and Firdaus Patel along with several Urdu lovers staged a symbolic hunger strike yesterday in front of Solapur Collector office to register their protest.
Adv. U N Beria while speaking to TheShahab.com said, “Ex Union Home Minister Sushil Kumar Shinde and then state’s minister of minorities welfare Muhammad Arif Naseem Khan laid the foundation stone of Solapur Urdu Ghar in February 2014 but it’s been more than 3 years now and construction hasn’t started yet.”
“The state government has sanctioned Rs 5 crores and first installment of 2 crore has been released for the same. We have also passed the resolution in All India Literary Festival held last year and copy of the same has been sent to Government of Maharashtra. If authorities fail to take immediate action then we will further escalate our movement”, added Beria
A memorandum demanding the construction work of Urdu Ghar to be initiated within 45 days has been submitted to the district collector.
Solapur Municipal Corporation has allotted 19000 Sq ft open plot in front of Civil Hospital, Siddheshwar Peth. The state government has promised to build an auditorium, two study rooms where research students can work, three rooms for residential purpose for Urdu journalists and litterateurs with good arrangements for their stay etc.
The Congress led government of Maharashtra unleashed a list of promises during their tenure for promotion of the Urdu language and empowerment of the Muslim minority in the state. In February 2014, then Maharashtra’s chief minister Ashok Chauhan laid the foundation stone of Maharashtra’s first Urdu Ghar in Nanded.