"P.K. LAHIRI(Protul kumar Lahiri) born in Gorakhpur – Father. Dr. Kedar Nath Lahiri was an eminent Physician of Eastern UP started Allopathic field in Gorakhpur in 1925, was recipient of Kaisar-E-Hind Award. Mother Late Smt. Maya Lahiri was a great Social Worker was Vice President of All India Hindu Maha Sabha( Women Wing)"
P.K. Lahiri started his carrier as a whole saler of Praruracentical Companies. In 1966 he created whole sale pharmaceutical market in villages of Gorakhpur region.
In 1976 switched over to Hotel business and started first heritage Hotel in UP at Gorakhpur In 1996 became advisor to UP Tourism and suggested the amendments in the policy of Luxury Tax, which was adopted by the Uttar Pradesh Govt. Took the sanction for Gorakhpur Mahotsav for the first time in 1997.
In 1997 was appointed by Uttar Pradesh Govt. as a member of Salahkar samity of Trade Tax for 3 years.
Took great interest for the development of tourism in this region and started visiting untouched site of Buddhism and marked archeological sights of chauri-chaura and Basgaon tahsil and reported the sights to the archeological survey of India for the first time.
He was President of The Bengali Association, Gorakhpur for the longest period. In his regime in 2006-2007 centenary celebration of Shri Sri Durga Pooja in Gorakhpur was celebrated. He is a devoted Environmentalist working with Gorakhpur Environmental Action Group & Muskan Jyoti, Lucknow for solid waste Management in different community of establishments.
In 2009 he was elected as Vice-President of Jila Aparadh Nirodhak Samity, Gorakhpur, started taking keen interest for the upliftment of the Prisioners’ in the Mandaliya Karagar, Gorakhpur. Constructed Mahila Chaya Kunj with attached toilets for the women visitors of Jail. Stated solid waste management in the jail premisses.
Started Micky Mouse Playway school in the Women wing for the children upto 6 years of age who are staying in the prison with their mothers.
Mr.P.K.Lahiri has been instrumental in starting a school for the underprivileged children of the rag pickers of the city.This has been done with the slogan of “Education at their door step”, wherein the school has been established in the area that these families live in . This is a unique experiment where free education is being impared to around 45-50 children since Aug 2014.
Apart from academics the school is also educating the children about cleanliness , hygive , morals , values and manners so that these children are not only academically sound but also grow up to be good people and contribute towards the society .
The school is working under the banner of Mighty Mouse Play Way School.
Mr Lahiri has also been effortlessly working towards conserving the heritage of Gorakhpur and its surrounding areas. these include various monuments of historical importance , various statues of historical and religious importance , manuscripts etc .
Because of his unrelenting efforts, He has been appointed as the co-conveiner of INTACH ( Indian National Trust for Art and Cultural Heritage ) Gorakhpur . He has identified various monuments of historical importance in the city like “Basant Sarai“ , “Moti Jail“, “Nagar Nigam Library”, Khalilabad Fort etc and the process to conserve the monuments and manuscripts is already in the pipe line .
Under the banner of INTACH Gorakhpur Chapter , a workshop had been organized on the 14th ,15th and 16th of Sept on the ways of conserving and protecting manuscripts, old books , garments etc. The participation for this had to be restricted to only 70 participants due to paucity of space . The training was appreciated and applauded by every one . Various librarians and record keepers attended the workshop.
On 27th September , which is also “The World Tourism Day” a book titled “ Gorakhpur Shaher Ithihas ke Jharokhe Me” is being unveiled. Mr Lahiri has highlighted places of historical and tourist interest in this book. It’s an interesting piece of Gorakhpur trivia in an abridged version.