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Friday, June 23, 2017

Now a school for girls next to Bulandshahr’s ‘Taj Mahal’, thanks to this retired postmaster

Faizul Hasan Qadri, a retired 81-year-old postmaster, sprung to fame in 2015 for his attempts to buld a mini Taj for his wife Tajamulli Begum  who died in 2011.
Two years later, next to his incomplete ‘Taj’ in Bulandshahr’s Kaser Kalan, a small village nearly 150km from the National Capital, a government girl’s school is nearing completion.
Reports of Qadri’s attempts to build a mini Taj had moved the then UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. Yadav had offered to help to Qadri, who instead sought help to build a school. Qadri donated his last piece of land for this school even as his dream project came to a standstill due to lack of funds.

Qadri’s eyesight is now failing and his resources have dried up. He is now saving from his monthly pension of Rs 15,000 to finish his ‘Taj’. “After 2015, I had saved Rs 1 lakh from my pension. But my niece had some emergency and I gave it to her. The amount is yet to be repaid,” Qadri said. “Now I have saved Rs 55,000 and I am trying to get marble studded to the building,” he added.

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