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    Deadline ends, 79 IPS officers fail to show property:


    Express news service
    Posted: Jul 18, 2012 at 0249 hrs IST

    Lucknow As many as 79 IPS officers of UP cadre have not submitted their immpovable property returns (IPR) despite the extended deadline of July 15, according to information displayed on the website of the Union Ministry of Home Affairs. Initially, the officers were asked to submit their IPRs for year 2011 by January 31, 2012, but the MHA later extended the deadline to July 15.


    In a letter dated June 27, the MHA had asked the Secretaries and Principal Secretaries(Home) of all the states to advise the defaulter IPS officers to submit their IPRs immediately.

    The letter issued by MHA Joint Secretary K K Mittal said the IPS officers who have not submitted their IPRs for the year 2011 will be denied vigilance clearance for promotion, empanelment, other nominations for training and awards etc.

    As per the All India Services (Conduct) Rules, the officers are required to submit full particulars of their immovable property inherited or owned or held by them on lease or mortgage either on his name or in the name of any other member of their family in January every year.

    The list of IPS officers who have not submitted their IPRs for year 2011 includes the names of some senior officers. Among these officers are Jagmohan Yadav, Additional DG (Law and Order), Arun Kumar Gupta, Chairman/MD Police Awas Nigam, Ram Narayan Singh, ADG Prosecution, Ranjan Dwivedi, IG, Police Recruitment and Promotion Board, Kanhaiya Lal Meena, ADG Training Headquarters, Sanjay M Tarade, IG, CBCID Headquarters, Sutapa Sanyal, IG, GAIL India Limited. While the IPR statements for the year 2010 of Yadav, Gupta, Singh, Dwivedi, Meena, Kumar and Mathur are available on the website of MHA, no IPR statements of Tarade and Sanyal are available on the website.

    When contacted, Tarade said he had already sent his IPRs for both years to IG (Karmik), who had also forwarded it to the state government. Sanyal could not be contacted.

    On being contacted, Dwivedi said he had submitted it long time back, adding that the process of sending the statements becomes quite lengthy as they first sent them to Karmik which forwards it to state government and then state government sends it to MHA. He added that the MHA should authorise the states to updates the IPRs on website to expedite the process. Yadav, Gupta and Meena could not be reached for their comments.
    When contacted, IG (Karmik) Tanuja Srivastava declined to comment and asked to contact the DGP PRO Rakesh Singh. Singh said they had already sent the IPRs of all the officers from DGP Headquarters to the state government which forwards them to the MHA.

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    Am not surprised......

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      LIDA board clears three companies to bid for development of IT park

      Lucknow: Raheja Developers’ application rejected


      Three prospective developers, out of four, have qualified to participate in the bidding process for development of Information Technology (IT) park in Lucknow.

      The decision was taken today at the board meeting of Lucknow Industrial Development Authority (LIDA), which is the nodal authority for construction of the park. The board also fixed November 5 as the last date for submission of financial bids by the selected three companies and decided that along with the development of infrastructure, the developer would also be required to take up “marketing” of the park to attract IT companies to set-up their units.

      Aditya Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation Pvt Ltd of Hyderabad, Raheja Developers of New Delhi, Patel Engineering Ltd of Mumbai and Apco Infratech Ltd of Lucknow had submitted their applications after the Uttar Pradesh government had invited expression of interest document for the project on June 27, 2012.

      The government was supposed to finalise the developer in the month of August itself but as only two developers had expressed their interest initially, the process was delayed.

      On Wednesday, out of these four applications, application of Raheja Developers was rejected by the LIDA board citing reason that their application was not in the “prescribed format”. Thus, the final bidding process would take place between three developers on November 5.

      Infrastructure and Industrial Development Commissioner Anil Kumar Gupta informed that it was also decided at the board meeting that along with development of infrastructure, the selected developer would also be required to take up marketing exercise to sell the space in the proposed park to interested IT companies.

      It has also been decided that 32 acres of LIDA land, on which the park would be developed, would be given to the selected developer on a lease of 90 years. The developer would be required to make investment of Rs 285 crore to develop basic infrastructure and facilities at the park to attract IT companies.








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        Good move for lucknow..
        Originally posted by MANOJa View Post
        Lucknow: Raheja Developers’ application rejected


        Three prospective developers, out of four, have qualified to participate in the bidding process for development of Information Technology (IT) park in Lucknow.

        The decision was taken today at the board meeting of Lucknow Industrial Development Authority (LIDA), which is the nodal authority for construction of the park. The board also fixed November 5 as the last date for submission of financial bids by the selected three companies and decided that along with the development of infrastructure, the developer would also be required to take up “marketing” of the park to attract IT companies to set-up their units.

        Aditya Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation Pvt Ltd of Hyderabad, Raheja Developers of New Delhi, Patel Engineering Ltd of Mumbai and Apco Infratech Ltd of Lucknow had submitted their applications after the Uttar Pradesh government had invited expression of interest document for the project on June 27, 2012.

        The government was supposed to finalise the developer in the month of August itself but as only two developers had expressed their interest initially, the process was delayed.

        On Wednesday, out of these four applications, application of Raheja Developers was rejected by the LIDA board citing reason that their application was not in the “prescribed format”. Thus, the final bidding process would take place between three developers on November 5.

        Infrastructure and Industrial Development Commissioner Anil Kumar Gupta informed that it was also decided at the board meeting that along with development of infrastructure, the selected developer would also be required to take up marketing exercise to sell the space in the proposed park to interested IT companies.

        It has also been decided that 32 acres of LIDA land, on which the park would be developed, would be given to the selected developer on a lease of 90 years. The developer would be required to make investment of Rs 285 crore to develop basic infrastructure and facilities at the park to attract IT companies.








        LIDA board clears three companies to bid for development of IT park

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          Thanks Manoj.
          Happy to see long term visionary like you taking interest in Lucknow


          Originally posted by MANOJa View Post
          Lucknow: Raheja Developers’ application rejected


          Three prospective developers, out of four, have qualified to participate in the bidding process for development of Information Technology (IT) park in Lucknow.

          The decision was taken today at the board meeting of Lucknow Industrial Development Authority (LIDA), which is the nodal authority for construction of the park. The board also fixed November 5 as the last date for submission of financial bids by the selected three companies and decided that along with the development of infrastructure, the developer would also be required to take up “marketing” of the park to attract IT companies to set-up their units.

          Aditya Housing & Infrastructure Development Corporation Pvt Ltd of Hyderabad, Raheja Developers of New Delhi, Patel Engineering Ltd of Mumbai and Apco Infratech Ltd of Lucknow had submitted their applications after the Uttar Pradesh government had invited expression of interest document for the project on June 27, 2012.

          The government was supposed to finalise the developer in the month of August itself but as only two developers had expressed their interest initially, the process was delayed.

          On Wednesday, out of these four applications, application of Raheja Developers was rejected by the LIDA board citing reason that their application was not in the “prescribed format”. Thus, the final bidding process would take place between three developers on November 5.

          Infrastructure and Industrial Development Commissioner Anil Kumar Gupta informed that it was also decided at the board meeting that along with development of infrastructure, the selected developer would also be required to take up marketing exercise to sell the space in the proposed park to interested IT companies.

          It has also been decided that 32 acres of LIDA land, on which the park would be developed, would be given to the selected developer on a lease of 90 years. The developer would be required to make investment of Rs 285 crore to develop basic infrastructure and facilities at the park to attract IT companies.








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            The city of Nawabs is changing

            Lucknow. The name in itself evokes a charming picture of an architecture seeped in the grandeur of Nawabi ada and tehzeeb; impressive, spacious buildings, leisurely edifices and Nawabi opulence. For decades, that has been the image of the city that its people carried with them. But while the imambaras, the baghs and the mahals of the 18th and 19th centuries remain intact, they no longer dominate the consciousness of the people anymore. With the rush of development, Lucknow too is witness to a changing lifestyle along with a fast changing skyline. So instead of sprawling kothis with a garden in the forefront and an aangan at the back, an increasing number of Lucknowites are now shifting into vertical spaces, where they no longer yearn for that “own piece of land below their feet and a terrace of their own above their heads”, in contrast to the earlier generation.

            MARCHING AHEAD

            As a result, the new Lucknow is replete with sprouting residential towers, swanky malls and huge commercial enclaves all over the city and also on its outskirts. The spurt in growth and the craving for one’s own space actually matches up with, and at times races past the frenetic pace of development visible in the National Capital Region.

            The fast and furious pace of construction activities to build modern, vertical spaces, heralds Lucknow as the new real estate capital of Uttar Pradesh, pushing Noida and Greater Noida behind, especially with price of land in the heart of the city ruling from Rs 5,500-7500 per sq ft, and Rs 3,000-4,000 per sq ft on the outskirts.

            Sanjay Seth, managing director of SAS Hotels and Properties, who has changed the skyline of the city’s main market area, Hazratganj and Mahanagar, feels that the huge demand for flats in Lucknow stems from the fact that a huge number of people from districts adjoining the state capital are wanting to set up base in the city.

            “While earlier, people living in the interiors of the city wanted to come to the main area, now, people who stay in nearby districts, say about 200-300 kms away, want to have a base in the city as it offers better living conditions, including better infrastructure, better educational facilities etc. And the government’s move, inviting the private sector to set up integrated and hi-tech townships, has certainly helped. With the bigger private builders emphasising on providing good infrastructure, the flat or apartment culture has finally arrived in Lucknow for good,” says Seth.

            LUCRATIVE MARKET

            SK Garg, CMD of realty firm Eldeco endorses Seth’s view that migration from the far east and central parts of the state has changed the rules of the game. “Lucknow, with its good infrastructure, a robust culture and better civic amenities, has attracted both builders and buyers. So we now have not only reputed local players but also the big players who were hitherto active in Delhi and the NCR, such as API Sushant, DLF, Omaxe, Parsvanath, Rohtas, etc. More and more people are liking the concept of ‘flats’ for their accompanying benefits such as good security, common amenities and less maintenance,” says Garg.

            Another reason why apartments in Lucknow are getting a ready market, feels Seth, is the fact that people have got a taste of the world outside are demanding the same here.

            “The premium housing segment is very well appreciated in Lucknow, with people demanding a good lifestyle. As a consequence, we have started designing and constructing premium flats and high-end villas, which have large open spaces, swimming pools, gymnasiums, etc. And they are willing to pay for the luxuries,” says Seth, whose company is building high-end villas priced at Rs 2 crore upwards.” The real estate scene in Lucknow is at par, if not better than Noida.”

            But then who has the money to buy such properties? Seth says that almost 55-60 per cent of the buyers live outside the city, out of which 10 per cent are NRIs. “Within UP and infact, within the whole of northern India, NRIs are preferring to have a base in Lucknow as it has all the pre-requisites of a good life. With the real estate market in the city looking up, at least for the next few years, they feel it is a safe investment,” says Seth.

            However, Garg sounds a note of caution. “Land in Lucknow is fast becoming precious, especially so as a substantial amount of the land bank is being swallowed by builders who are constructing unauthorised colonies. The mushrooming of these colonies all over, without any regulatory control is also adding to civic problems such as inadequate sewage and bad roads, making things worse.”

            BUCKING THE TREND

            A question that remains unanswered is how did Lucknow buck the recessionary trend in realty? Garg says the only reason is that demand is far ahead of supply. “There was a steady demand for the upper middle class and premium segment, which kept the market going. But in about a couple of years, demand from this segment this will even out and then there will be a problem. What the construction industry now needs to focus on is building affordable housing, which still has a huge demand supply gap. At present, there is a need for 1.5 lakh affordable housing in the bracket of Rs 10-20 lakh in Lucknow, which is not being addressed by either the private or the public sector.”

            An official of the finance department of the state government says that the ‘City of Nawabs’ is fast evolving as a significant realty destination, with the entry of top national players such as Parsvnath, Eldeco, Ansals, Omaxe, Sahara, Unitech.

            “The current boom can be seen in the developments spreading out of traditional areas like Hazratganj to newer emerging growth centers like that of Mahanagar, Gomti Nagar, Janakipuram and other suburbs,” the official said, declining to be named.

            It has assumed significant proportions along various highways connecting the city with other important places like Kanpur, Raebareli, Faizabad and Sitapur. With almost 100 local and national developers active with about 10,000 residential units, half a dozen shopping malls and a dozen hotels in the pipeline, the Lucknow urbanscape would no longer be the same again.




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              Land sharks ready to gobble aquatic life

              LUCKNOW: The court rulings and initiative from the revenue department may not be enough to save the old Kathauta jheel in the city from land sharks which are ready to raise a residential building on the water body. Besides killing the aquatic life, the move will also displace scores of seasonal Indian birds.

              Located in Chinhat, Kathauta jheel's extinction is more than the loss of source of water. It would also mean significant loss of biodiversity as well.

              A study undertaken by Lucknow University's zoology department compared the presence of biodiversity on the newly made artificial Kathauta with the natural ones. Associate professor Amita Kanaujia, who is heading the research, said, "The presence of seasonal Indian birds was negligible on the new lake. It may appeal to the eye but serves little purpose. On the older jheel we spotted more than 15 types of birds and common amphibians." (See info)

              The reason, she said, is that birds need marshy places to live and procreate. "The concretised and tiled base of the new lake doesn't have mechanism for the growth of underwater life such as small fish, insects and micro-organisms. Therefore, the birds will not get anything to eat. So, they will migrate to better places and greener pastures," she stated.

              The Kathauta jheel was a massive water body in Gomtinagar which was acquired by the development agencies for building homes. This was besides the encroachment by land grabbers. In 2006, a report from the state revenue department revealed that Lucknow had lost a colossal part of its water bodies (about 150 hectares) to encroachments and development.

              Figures showed that there was 368.799 hectares of water bodies in 1950. The report was prepared by the then commissioner Amit Mohan Prasad. His voluminous 500-page reports scanned some 124 small and big villages in Lucknow between January 26, 1950, and October 15, 2006, and open the Pandora's Box which caught the attention of the court. It also revealed that the records of water bodies in some 31 villages were missing. The Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court took note of the matter and directed the state government to act immediately to save and restore the water bodies.

              Kathauta benefited from the court's whip. The larger part of the Kathauta lake was re-made as a massive water body opposite the Manyavar Kanshiram Institute for Tourism Studies housing certain fish today. The surrounding pockets were, however, left untouched. One of them, located about 25 meters from the Lucknow-Faizabad highway, is being levelled these days.

              When TOI visited the spot, it found that more than half the lake had been filled up while quarrying for the remaining part was underway. Though the labourers remained tightlipped, a fruit vendor said a multi-storied building is coming up at the spot. "Yaha par flat bana rahe hain," he stated. When contacted, administrative officials said to look into the matter.










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                Will Lucknow metro see green signal?

                Sounds unlikely in near future, funding a big issue.

                Will Lucknow metro see green signal? - The Times of India

                LUCKNOW: Reviving fresh hopes for the metro rail project in Lucknow, a team of officials from the Planning Commission and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) is set to assess the proposed two corridors. The team is also likely to assess the two proposed corridors for the metro rail before meeting chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Monday to chalk out the financial model under which the project could be executed. On Sunday, the team visited sites like Aminabad and Hussainganj where the underground stations are proposed.

                The development comes, months after Akhilesh Yadav shrugged off the project claiming it to be unviable, while replacing it with the Bus Rapid Transit System in which dedicated corridors are proposed to be constructed for plying of buses.

                Sources in Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) said the project cost has been estimated around Rs 18,000 crore, which the state government finds hard to arrange.

                In fact, the government had cited the exceptionally high cost of the project as the reason behind giving it a second thought.

                LDA secretary, Ashtabhuja Prasad Tewari said the team would recce the east-west corridor and north-south corridor proposed for the project. He, however, declined to comment as to what financial model could be adopted. The state government has been seeking central assistance for the project to take off. Interestingly, no budgetary provision was made by the state government this year; not even in the supplementary budget.

                A senior LDA official said the government has been considering three financial models for the project.

                One, the Centre may grant heavy subsidy for the project. Sources cited the example of Hyderabad Metro, where the project has been funded partially by the Centre, and the project is under construction. Second option is that of roping in a private agency under the public private partnership model. Sources also hinted of a provision allowing the private developer to take control of large chunk of land for real estate development around the project. "This guarantees substantial rate of return on a project, which by all standards has a very high cost," sources said.

                The third model involves 20% funding each by the state and Centre while the rest 60% may through loan route. "The rate of return needs to be not less than 12%. Lesser than that, the project would be termed financially unviable," said a senior government functionary closely associated with the project. Not surprisingly, the doubts over the financial viability of the ambitious project have only sprung apprehensions of the project chugging into an execution stage in the near future.

                A team of officials from DMRC, which had visited the state capital in August 2011, had given a presentation about these models to put project back on track.

                However, no consensus was drawn by the committee. The high level committee headed by the then UP chief secretary had asked all the concerned departments to come up with suggestions as to how the finances may be arranged for the project.In case of Lucknow, it had been suggested that the route of metro be made underground for a majority of distance. According to experts the construction and operational cost of underground metro rail is three to four times the cost of overhead one.
                'Never argue with idiots, they drag u down to their level and beat u with experience'

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                  By when will metro run in Lucknow? Any confirmation on this?

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                    The project was first scrapped due to funding issues. A committee is having a fresh look at the matter, seems unlikely in next 5 years.

                    Originally posted by zangoora View Post
                    By when will metro run in Lucknow? Any confirmation on this?
                    'Never argue with idiots, they drag u down to their level and beat u with experience'

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