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Educational hub Kota Yearns for Growth, Lacks Infrastructure

The coaching city of Kota, despite earning thousands of crores, seems to fear its own demise due to the neglect by heavyweight politicians who have allegedly left no room for the well-being and growth of the city dwellers for their own vested interests.

The people who voted for these leaders are now beginning to question the delayed airport project, poor road conditions and appalling medical facilities.

This city is home to about 2.5 lakh students who have come from faraway parts. Since there is no airport in the city, they face some challenges. Also, traders here complain about no air transport facility. This is the case when the city generates a staggering revenue for the government, said one hotelier on condition of anonymity, adding: “Forget air travel, there is no room for decent road travel either, which has led to the death of many residents while commuting.”

Reena, a housewife, inquiring about the poor medical facilities, said: “Jodhpur gets AIIMS because it is the home district of the Prime Minister. However, Kota, despite all its name and fame and industry, suffers from poor medical facilities. Our constituency is Birlaji and Dhariwalji Children still died here in JK Lon Hospital Why are such incidents happening in Kota?” she asked.

Hundreds of newborn children died a few years ago at JK Lon Hospital in Kota due to lack of medical facilities. Locals say the city has fallen victim to sordid politics that has seen leaders rise up who no longer feel connected to the reality and concerns of the masses. They are busy increasing their status and leaving people at the mercy of God.

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Kota is slowly sinking under this political pressure. While the city is at the top of the coaching industry, it has fallen back on other parameters such as air connectivity, medical, tourism and business, she added.

“Despite being a business hub, no other industries are growing apart from coaching, leaving young people with the challenge of finding work,” said local residents, adding: “We chose Om Birla here, who is now the Lok Sabha. speaker; Likewise, the city is home to Shanti Dhariwal who is UDH and Minister of Parliamentary Affairs in addition to the prime minister in rank, also the former CM Vasundhara Raje is from Hadauti region, which includes Kota. Surprisingly, none of them could helping us realize our dream of an airport, work and slippery roads to this day,” they claimed.

A senior officer speaking to IANS said: “Kota has tremendous potential in tourism. However, tourists go back after traveling as far as Bundi. The city’s image as a coaching center can cannibalize other industries. And this industry is backed by politicians least interested in helping other industries grow.”

In fact, the recently released super-hit web series on Netflix Kota Factory reflects the pressure and suffocation faced by the students in this education city.

Although the series gives a lifelike picture, the fate of the common man in real life is no different. Many people who face the challenge of traveling on bad roads have fallen ill.

dr. SN Gautam, Head of Department of Neurosurgery, Medical University in Kota, said: “The number of patients with back pain and neck pain has increased this season. Such patients should avoid driving on potholed roads.”

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Gajendra, a student from Kota, said their leaders are more interested in cultivating a global presence than in their own constituency.

In this context, he related an incident when they went to BJP leader Mukesh Vijay to hold an educational workshop. “We are going to Singapore with 60 people to raise the national flag there on August 15, so we don’t have the time and resources to hold such an event in Kota,” Mukesh told them, according to Gajendra.

In fact, all leaders follow a similar pattern and are more involved in events outside of Kota. On average, a student in Kota pays up to Rs 2.5 lakh per year. About 150,000 students are admitted to Kota’s coaching centers every year. In line with these estimates, the coaching centers here have a market size of around Rs 3,800 crore.

Prahlad Gunjal, a BJP leader when asked about the city’s poor growth, despite senior leaders saying, “Where are the tall leaders here? We have BJP’s Om Birla who is a leader by accident and by accident. We have Shanti Dhariwal from Congress who is again a leader based on an organization based system, we have no leaders who can become the voice of the people and hence this chaos in Kota.”

These leaders only focus on coaching factories that are simply memorizing and pressuring students. According to sources, about 10-20 students commit suicide every year.

Dhariwal from Congress and Birla from BJP are best friends you usually see working and walking together. They are more concerned about their growth, which is why the city’s growth is nowhere on their radar, Gunjal said.

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Another congress leader on condition of anonymity claimed: “Dhariwal already has a huge empire under his belt. Signal-free roads and large statues are his vision for his mission to make money and this fact is known to everyone.”

All we can do is wait for a leadership change in Congress and the BJP that will hopefully pave the way for the rejuvenation of this city, both Gunjal and the Congress leader said. Birla and Dhariwal could not be contacted despite the fact that they tried several times to know their plans for the growth of their constituency.

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