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    The UP budget part answer your question, Timeline remains uncertain..

    UP budget announced. Main development proposals for Lucknow:

    1. Decision to implement Metro Rail Project in Lucknow
    2. Dr Ram Manohar Lohia State Administrative and Management Academy in the state capital to impart training to senior administrative officers
    3. Modernisation of Lucknow zoo
    4. Rs 20 crore has been allocated for setting up an Indian Institute of Information Technology (IIIT)
    5. To set up software Technology Park and IT City
    6. Repetition in the budget is construction of an eight-lane access controlled green field expressway from Agra to Lucknow.
    7. A rail over-bridge to be constructed at a cost of Rs. 40 crore from Loreto Convent crossing to Telibagh road in Lucknow. Besides, another rail over-bridge near Alamnagar railway station in Lucknow will be constructed at a cost of Rs. 37 crore.
    Elaborate Budget Details in the following link:
    Akhilesh Yadav present populist budget keeping in mind 2014 Lok Sabha elections - The Times of India

    Details on metro proposal:
    Metro for Lucknow gets green signal, finally - Hindustan Times

    Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday green signalled a metro rail system for Lucknow ending over a year-long suspense over the project. “There is an imperative need to have a metro rail for Lucknow,” said the CM paving way for the much sought after modern, but one of the most

    expensive public transport systems. With Yadav taking the final call, the five-member highpowered steering committee is expected to set the ball rolling on the project. The formalities are expected to take about six-months time after which bids would be invited to select a developer for the project, which in all likelihood would be given shape on the Hyderabad model.

    “We have studied the Hyderabad Metro Rail Project, which is being given shape on public-private-partnership (PPP) model,” said a member of the panel.
    “The existing DPR drafted by the DMRC may have to be tweaked and costs may have to be re-jigged because of certain changes and modification in the proposed alignment and route,” he added. Interestingly enough, the design change in the blueprint is expected to bring down the Rs. 12,600 crore price tag quoted by the DMRC for the coveted project. “This can be achieved by doing away with underground tracks and planning the whole system on an overhead route,” he said. While the cost of a kilometre of over-head track comes round to Rs. 180 crore that of an under ground is around Rs. 500 crore per kilometer. In fact, we can have a much larger coverage for the service at the project cost cited by DMRC,” said the official. Since resource mobilisation is one of the major challenges before the authorities, the panel is working on a funding plan under which the state government’s share is kept down to the minimum.

    Other news linksover the Lucknow metro

    Lucknow Metro will be built on PPP model, says Akhilesh - Indian Express

    Budget promises Metro, flyover near Mayawati's residence - The Times of India

    Originally posted by zangoora View Post
    By when will metro run in Lucknow? Any confirmation on this?
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      Lucknow IT City gets SEZ status - Should attract new set-ups, create jobs.

      Lucknow IT City gets SEZ status | Business Standard

      UP cabinet on March 15 approved bidding terms for companies interested in setting shop in the IT City

      The Centre has granted the status of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to the proposed IT City on the outskirts of the capital city of Lucknow.

      The Centre approved the state proposal regarding the SEZ status to the proposed IT infrastructure on Lucknow-Sultanpur highway, which is aimed at boosting IT investment in the state.

      The Uttar Pradesh had cabinet on March 15, the day Akhilesh Yadav government completed a year in office, approved the bidding terms for companies interested in setting shop in the IT City.

      Soon after coming to power the government had announced to set up an IT City and an IT Park in Lucknow to allow the state capital to emerge as a major IT destination. It had also announced similar infrastructure to be developed in Agra as well in future.

      Now, the SEZ status would provide the much needed boost to the project, wherein the companies would get various tax and duty exemptions, faster clearances and other government support and sops.

      Addressing the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) UP State Council annual session ‘UP Rising – Plethora of Opportunities across sectors’ here, state chief secretary Jawed Usmani said UP was committed to soliciting more investments and assured all help to industry.

      “The 11,000 kms of Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor is perhaps the most important for UP, we intent to use it as the fulcrum ground for the development of the state. The bouquet of fresh policies announced by the government are extremely inviting for the private sector. Together we can make UP the most preferred investment destination, he underlined.

      Ajay Shanker, Member Secretary, National Manufacturing Competitiveness Council, said UP was at the cusp of game changing transformation and had the late mover advantage like the East Asian economies.

      “Let us use the tool of technology to work on skills development in empowering the young population here, give them income rather than degrees. UP should look forward to organic and incremental transformation and aim for success in labour intensive manufacturing,” he suggested.
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          LMC mulls pvt agency for house tax assessment

          LUCKNOW: Lucknow Nagar Nigam is considering handing over the task of house assessment to a private agency to improve the efficiency and transparency of the process.

          This would be on the pattern of Delhi's municipal corporation. The corporation has got a proposal from an agency which would take 8% of the user collection charges from LMC.

          LMC sets a target to collect around Rs 150- 300 crore as house tax annually. This year, it could achieve only around Rs 100 crore. The private agency claims it would scale up the house tax amount up to Rs 200 crore every year.

          It was felt that during the assessment, many residential and commercial structures were left out from the tax net because of manpower shortage in LMC.

          As a result, LMC is considering to hand over the assessment of house tax, which is a major source of revenue, to a private party to increase the collection amount.

          LMC mulls pvt agency for house tax assessment - The Times of India
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            Lucknow Development Authority to get new blueprint of Gomti riverfront development project

            LUCKNOW: The Lucknow Development Authority (LDA) is likely to get a new blueprint of the ambitious Gomti riverfront development project.

            According to LDA sources, the consultant engaged by the LDA for the project will give a presentation to the authority on April 25. The officials from the irrigation department and district administration will also remain present.

            The project, inspired by the Sabarmati riverfront development, has been under consideration for past many years. It, however, could not take off due to lack of coordination between different authorities.

            Sources said architect Aashish Srivastava will give the presentation of the project before the LDA authorities with some amendments in construction of embankments along the Gomti.

            The project has been under scrutiny of the Samajwadi Party government since November last year. However, not much headway has been made since then. UP chief secretary Jawed Usmani has asked the officials to speed up the work on the Gomti river front project. Usmani has been insisting that the project report be prepared so that it could be put forth before the chief minister.

            The report, Usmani said, should also incorporate the suggestions and views of the public, especially on the stretches along the Kudia Ghat, Pakka Pul in Daliganj, Hanuman Setu-Daliganj, Hanuman Setu-Nishatganj and Nishatganj-Gomti barrage.

            The state government has also proposed a hydro-geological study of the area and preparation of a conceptual plan. Accordingly, the open spaces will be used optimally for construction of entertainment and development areas. These spaces, sources said, will be used for construction of a cycle track and other tourist hot-spots so that maximum number of people visit these places. Part of the funds, he said, sanctioned for other departments like urban development previously, be approved and included in the budget allocated for the project. LDA has been made the nodal agency for the project. It has to coordinate with other departments for timely execution of the project.

            Lucknow Development Authority to get new blueprint of Gomti riverfront development project - The Times of India
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              Lucknow Municipal Corporation mulls steep hike in rentals of old properties

              LUCKNOW: The old properties of Lucknow Municipal Corporation which were rented out to people on a nominal rent may soon undergo some radical revision with the civic agency planning to revise rentals on the basis of the current district magistrate (DM) circle rate. There are 2,000-odd such properties in the city, both residential and commercial that would come under the scanner once the new system is applicable.

              The proposal might get a final nod in the executive body meeting to be held on Tuesday at LMC head office in Lalbagh.

              The most-affected people would be the ones who are second-hand owners and took possession of these rented properties from the original owners without getting it officially registered with LMC.

              Such unofficial transfers of rented properties on mutual basis without bringing it in the knowledge of the corporation is termed illegal as the secondary owners are liable to pay a one-time mutation fee depending on the type of the property and also relationship to the owner.

              The proposal could give a major heartache to many such people who have been comfortably living in LMC properties by evading the mutation fee and nominal rent. The proposal, if passed, may give a major boost to the revenues of the otherwise cash-strapped corporation.

              A similar proposal was initiated way back in 2001 where the LMC had proposed increment in the monthly rental value up to 40 times and also a standard amount as the mutation fee. The proposal had received much flak in the LMC House during that time as nobody was happy with the increased amount.

              However, proposal to set the standard of mutation fee for different types of owners was approved and has been continuing since.

              Now, LMC feels that since rentals have become sky high over past 12 years, the standard for mutation fee should also be revised accordingly (based on present DM circle rate which is revised every two years). LMC officials claim that the proposal would affect those people more who have not bothered to deposit the mutation fee till date.

              As per 2001 policy, the blood relatives or legal heirs who have taken possession of rented properties from original owners are liable to pay between Rs 15,000-20,000 as mutation fee in case of residential properties. For commercial properties, they would pay Rs 60,000 for shops in prime locations like Hazratganj, Lalbagh, Aminabad, Kaiserbagh, Charbagh etc., while Rs 40,000 for other areas.

              Similarly, occupiers other than legal heirs would have to pay Rs 30,000-40,000 for residential properties and Rs 1,20,000 for commercial properties in the above mentioned prime locations, while Rs 80,000 for shops in other areas.

              Officials claim that it is the illegal occupiers who would be troubled the most as they have to pay a really hefty amount as compared to blood related kith and kin. As per LMC records, there would be more than 200 such properties.

              LMC has maximum number of rented properties in areas like Aminabad, Mahanagar, Charbagh, Aishbagh, Kaiserbagh, Niralanagar etc.

              The proposal, if passed, may increase the rentals of properties up to about 8-10 times which could enhance LMC's revenues manifolds.

              Lucknow Municipal Corporation mulls steep hike in rentals of old properties - The Times of India
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                Affordable housing by UPHDB on Sultanpur road

                LUCKNOW: The UP Housing and Development Board (UPHDB) will soon come up with an affordable housing scheme comprising 2BHK (bedroom/hall/kitchen) in its ambitious Awadh Vihar Colony on Sultanpur road and Vrindavan Yojana on Sitapur road.

                Speaking to reporters on Thursday, additional housing commissioner, RP Singh said the board will soon open the registration for the 2BHK units in Awadh Vihar. Each unit will cost anywhere between Rs 18 lakh and Rs 23 lakh depending upon the constructed area.

                Likewise, the board will also open registration in sector-12 of Vrindavan Yojana, where it will be constructing 160 2BHK flats, 240 3BHK flats and 200 3BHK+servant room. TNN

                At the same time, Singh said, the board will focus on construction of housing units for the economically weaker section (EWS) and Low Income group (LIG). For this, the board will construct 688 EWS units and 224 LIG units units in Gokul Gram, respectively. The state government has, as a matter of fact, raised the income limit of EWS from Rs 60,000 per annum to Rs 1,00,000 per annum. Likewise, the income level criteria for LIG have been increased from 1.2 lakh to Rs 2 lakh per annum. Singh said this potentially raises the chances of more and more people qualifying under the scheme.

                Meanwhile, the board said it was working with the State Bank Of India on a software to route back the registration amount into the account of rejected applicants within seven days.

                Affordable housing by UPHDB on Sultanpur road - The Times of India
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                  Report on Lucknow Metro in 15 days

                  The UP chief secretary today reviewed the Lucknow Metro rail project and set a deadline of 15 days for a high-level committee to finalise the alignment and financial structure for implementation of the project.

                  The meeting was attended by senior officials from the Housing Department, Lucknow Development Authority as well as Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) Ltd.

                  Soon after the meeting, Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani told mediapersons, "Discussion took place on three significant issues —- alignment, financial structure and legal aspects of the project. A high-level committee has been formed, which has been asked to give its report on all three issues within the next 15 days,"

                  The committee has also been asked to look into legal aspects of whether to adopt the existing DMRC operation and maintenance act or to form a separate act for Lucknow Metro. Sources in the government said this is the first time a 15-day deadline has been set for any task under the project.

                  Sanjiv Saran, who took over as Commissioner Lucknow today and attended the Metro meeting, said that a high-level committee under the chairmanship of Rajiv Aggarwal, Secretary, Housing, had been formed. The committee will include the DM of Lucknow, SP of Lucknow city, Superintendent of Police Traffic as well as Lucknow Municipal Commissioner.

                  Report on Lucknow Metro in 15 days - Indian Express
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                    Ramnagar residents protest against LDA's eviction drive

                    LUCKNOW: Residents of Ramnagar in Aishbagh took to streets on Monday to protest the alleged move of the Lucknow Development Authority to evict them from the area where they have been living for past over 50 years.

                    Angry residents claimed that three persons died after suffering heart attack due to shock during the past 24 hours after being asked to vacate the place by officials. They also claimed that four others are undergoing treatment at Balrampur hospital. Around 350 families belonging to below poverty line category are living in the hutments. These people claim to possess even Aadhaar cards, ration cards and voter identity cards.

                    When contacted, Lucknow DM Anurag Yadav said, "I have heard about two deaths but those people have been ailing for long. This eviction notice has not come as a sudden announcement to them, so there is no question of shock. The cause of death has yet to be verified. I have heard that they have died due to heart attack but as per my information, one of them was too old."

                    He said that earlier too LDA and district administration had tried to evict them but they could not do so due to law and order problem. He also said that the district administration's job is to provide force and the decision to either vacate them or not lies with LDA. "We are anyways offering them better accommodation in Mavaiyya as currently they are dwelling in slum," Yadav said.

                    The area in questions is actually a nazul land. The LDA had also tried to forcefully vacate the habitation in 1999 but failed to do so due to stiff opposition from the residents. The authority had done plotting in the area and sold around 80 plots to various people without rehabilitating the original inhabitants. As a result of the tussle between the inhabitants and the LDA, the allottees have not been able to get possession of the plots till date.

                    Around 55 people have got registries of these plots. They filed a writ in the high court when they could not get the possession. In December 2012, the court directed authorities to amicably relocate the inhabitants to another area in the four months and give possession to the allottees. However, nothing substantial has been done as yet. Now, the residents have moved a contempt petition which will be heard on May 17, 2013.

                    LDA's officiating VC, Asthabhuja Tewari said "I was informed by the engineers that they would go to review the site on Monday. We have not any force on people living there. As per the court order, they would be rehabilitated n Mawaiyya area." He said that he does not have any information of deaths due to shock. However, Kamrunia, a resident, said the LDA should stay away from the place as the matter was sub-judice.

                    Ramnagar residents protest against LDA's eviction drive - The Times of India
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                      Japan agency to aid Expressway, Metro projects

                      The UP Government has accepted financial assistance from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the Lucknow-Agra Expressway and Lucknow Metro rail project.

                      The issue came up during a meeting of JICA officials with UP Chief Secretary Jawed Usmani on Monday. The JICA team was here for a review meeting of drinking water supply project in Agra, which is being funded by the agency. While Usmani ordered completion of work by July 2017, officials of JICA expressed their willingness to assist other development projects in UP.

                      The two projects were then placed before the team, which was told that any proposal for financial assistance in Lucknow-Agra Expressway project and Lucknow Metro would be considered by the government.

                      While the government hasn't finalised the alignment of the metro project, it has floated qualification tender for the 270-km long Lucknow-Agra Expressway.

                      Japan agency to aid Expressway, Metro projects - Indian Express
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