Board irons out development bottlenecks
Jan 12, 2013, 01.41AM IST TNN

NOIDA: Several development projects were approved in the joint board meeting of the Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities on Friday. Even though the main focus remained on boosting connectivity and developing industrial clusters, the authorities even attempted to pacify agitating farmers by amending provisions related to land acquisition.

Noida Authority CEO Sanjeev Saran said rapid population growth has led to an urgent need to improve the transportation system. An additional 170 buses, including 20 semi low-floor buses and 50 feeder vehicles, will be started at the cost of Rs 40.5 crore. "The Authority will develop the city bus terminal in Sector 82 on 3.9 hectare with world-class infrastructure," he said.

Concerned over rampant accidents on Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, an Rs 15 crore Intelligent Transport System (ITS) will be installed to monitor and manage traffic flow.

To counter farmers' agitation, the board passed several amendments in the provisions to sort out abadi regularization, disbursement of developed land, enhanced compensation and inherited and non-inherited property issues.

"The land in Gautam Budh Nagar district was acquired in three phase in 1976, 1979 and 1997. Earlier, those farmers whose land was acquired in 1976 were eligible to get 5% abadi land, while those whose land was acquired between 1979 and 1997 were kept out of pool. The board has approved to grant abadi land to these farmers too," said Rajesh Prakash, administrative officer, Noida Authority.

"The minimum size of developed plots to be given to farmers whose land was acquired will be 40sq.mtr. The 5% developed plots will also be given to those farmers who were found eligible for plots below 40sq.mtr," Prakash added.

Around Rs 650 crore has already been disbursed towards enhanced compensation to farmers and the board has approved another Rs 450 crore. For village development work, the engineering department will not need approval from the land records department now.

The number of highrises in the city is expected to increase in the next two years, so there is a need of updated fire safety infrastructure. "The Authority will buy 72m hydraulic machines in case of fires in highrises," Saran said. A 1MW solar power plant will be developed on a 5 acre plot over the Sector 135-152 irrigation drain mainly for streetlights.

NOIDA: Several development projects were approved in the joint board meeting of the Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities on Friday. Even though the main focus remained on boosting connectivity and developing industrial clusters, the authorities even attempted to pacify agitating farmers by amending provisions related to land acquisition.

Noida Authority CEO Sanjeev Saran said rapid population growth has led to an urgent need to improve the transportation system. An additional 170 buses, including 20 semi low-floor buses and 50 feeder vehicles, will be started at the cost of Rs 40.5 crore. "The Authority will develop the city bus terminal in Sector 82 on 3.9 hectare with world-class infrastructure," he said.

Concerned over rampant accidents on Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, an Rs 15 crore Intelligent Transport System (ITS) will be installed to monitor and manage traffic flow.

To counter farmers' agitation, the board passed several amendments in the provisions to sort out abadi regularization, disbursement of developed land, enhanced compensation and inherited and non-inherited property issues.

"The land in Gautam Budh Nagar district was acquired in three phase in 1976, 1979 and 1997. Earlier, those farmers whose land was acquired in 1976 were eligible to get 5% abadi land, while those whose land was acquired between 1979 and 1997 were kept out of pool. The board has approved to grant abadi land to these farmers too," said Rajesh Prakash, administrative officer, Noida Authority.

"The minimum size of developed plots to be given to farmers whose land was acquired will be 40sq.mtr. The 5% developed plots will also be given to those farmers who were found eligible for plots below 40sq.mtr," Prakash added.

Around Rs 650 crore has already been disbursed towards enhanced compensation to farmers and the board has approved another Rs 450 crore. For village development work, the engineering department will not need approval from the land records department now.

The number of highrises in the city is expected to increase in the next two years, so there is a need of updated fire safety infrastructure. "The Authority will buy 72m hydraulic machines in case of fires in highrises," Saran said. A 1MW solar power plant will be developed on a 5 acre plot over the Sector 135-152 irrigation drain mainly for streetlights.
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  • New Noida sectors to get link road soon Meenakshi Sinha | TNN | Updated: Aug 11, 2018, 18:03 IST



    The road is expected to ease traffic on Sector 72 main road.

    NOIDA: About 5 lakh residents (one lakh families) are set to benefit from a 1.5-km-long under-construction road that is set to complete by September 30. The road will connect sector 120 to 116 all the way to 7x (74-78) sectors. Noida Authority has already begun work on the Rs 1.75-crore project, which was earlier stuck due to a land dispute between local farmers. Once operational, the road is expected to not only ease traffic on Sector 72 main road, but also provide alternate access to DSC (Dadri-Surajpur-Chalera) road via sector 76-78.

    According to Samakant Srivastava, general manager (Civil) Noida Authority, the process for connecting newer sectors/areas which are stuck due to lack of road connectivity has begun as per CEO Alok Tandon’s directive. “Many areas in Noida have been facing road connectivity due to some land dispute between local farmers. These are being resolved and roads being built accordingly. The Sector 120 to Sector 116 stretch is one such area where a 1.5 km road is now being built following resolution of land dispute with local farmers. The project, which costs Rs 1.75 crore, will connect Sector 119/120 to Sector 116/115 leading to Sectors 74, 75-78 road. The road is expected to be ready by end of September,” said Srivastava.

    SPS Yadav, project engineer work circle 6 maintained that 40 % of the construction is complete. “We are awaiting the end of monsoon to complete the road which is nearly 40 % ready. If there will be no showers, then the work might end earlier,” said Yadav.

    While the said road is expected to ease traffic on Sector 72 main road (which runs parallel to Global Indian School) from Sectors 120-122, it is also expected to provide alternate access to DSC road via Sector 78 and vice versa. Residents living in many high rise apartments in neighbouring Sectors such as 74-78 to Sectors 115, 116 on one side and Sectors 118 to 122 on the other side, stand to gain with this internal connectivity.







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  • Noida to build 100 public toilets soon Meenakshi Sinha | TNN | Aug 12, 2018, 07:15 IST


    Noida: Nearly 100 public toilets will be constructed in Noida before October 2 under BOT (build-operate-transfer) model as part of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The toilets, which will have two units for men, two for women and one for the differently abled, will be built as per the area’s footfall requirements across commercial, industrial and residential sectors.

    This includes localities like GIP Mall, Botanical Garden metro station, Sector 18, Sector 72 crossing, Sector 51 metro station, City Centre Mall, residential-industrial sectors etc.

    While 84 such toilets are currently ready, the remaining will be completed before October 2. These toilets will be built by private agencies at a cost ranging from Rs 10 to Rs 12 lakh. “We have provided the tender to 4-5 agencies to build these public toilets across Noida on the BOT (build, own, operate and transfer) model for a period of 10 years. Under the model, the private agency will build these toilets, operate it, own it for a period of 10 years during which, it will have the right to earn through advertisements on it with a clause that Rs 10,000 per month would be given to Noida Authority from their ad earnings for the period of 10 years,” OSD Rajesh Kumar Singh told TOI.

    District administration Gautam Budh Nagar had fixed a goal to make Noida and Greater Noida open defecation free (ODF) cities. Under it administration officials had maintained that there is a need to construct over 40 thousand toilets in the twin cities.




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  • Vertical gardens to *** metro, flyover pillars

    Shafaque Alam | TNN | Aug 12, 2018, 07:15 IST




    Noida: The Noida Authority has started setting up vertical gardens in order to improve the city’s aesthetic beauty and also curb pollution. The horticulture department has set up one such garden under Sector 15 flyover on the way to Udyog Marg. More vertical gardens will come up on the Shahadra bridge which will cover the drains on both the sides and also minimise the bad odour.

    In addition to this, by month end, all pillars of metro stations in sectors 15, 16 and 18 will *** vertical gardens.

    Rajeev Tyagi, general manager, Noida Authority, said the agency has started the work to set up vertical gardens. “In the first move, we have placed one such garden under the Sector 15 flyover. We are getting good response from the residents and commuters. We have decided to develop these gardens on the metro pillars of stations in Sector 15, 16 and 18. These will come up by the end of this month. The vertical gardens on Shahadra drain will also come up in a few days,” Tyagi said. The saplings of Ficus Panda, Espragus Marry and Riban Grace are part of the vertical garden. A similar garden has also come up in the Noida Authority office in Sector 6. When open spaces are not readily available in urban areas, vertical gardens become an ideal option to enjoy the greenery, officials said.


    They can be used on any indoor or outdoor wall or free standing. The metro pillars on the Dwarka-Noida corridor went green in January this year with a similar vertical garden. Kochi, Ahmedabad and Bengaluru have already set up such vertical gardens. Environmentalists feel that these potted plants in vertical garden would help in battling air pollution if planted in large numbers. Chitra Mukherjee, head of programme, Chintan (an environment research and action group), said that vertical garden is a good idea. “But I feel that this should be managed well, as lack of upkeep would make them redundant. If a large number of vertical gardens are set up, they can control pollution. But to control pollution, larger issues like planting trees and waste management be addressed properly,” Mukherjee said.







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  • ‘Steps being taken to resolve issues of homebuyers’ Press Trust of India
    NEW DELHI, AUGUST 14, 2018 00:00 IST
    UPDATED: AUGUST 14, 2018 04:03 IST





    Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri (right) with Secretary Durga Shanker Mishra in New Delhi on Monday.PTI Committed to finding solution for those affected: Puri
    The government is committed to finding a solution for all affected homebuyers in Noida and Greater Noida, said Union Housing and Urban Affairs Minister Hardeep Puri on Monday.

    Empowered Committee

    The Minister said the Empowered Committee, under the chairmanship of the Housing and Urban Affairs Secretary, is expected to finalise its report shortly to resolve the problems of affected homebuyers of stalled housing projects.

    “We are committed to finding a solution for all affected homebuyers,” Mr. Puri told journalists when asked about steps being taken by the government to resolve the issues of buyers.

    Earlier this month, NBCC, which comes under the Ministry, told the Supreme Court that it was ready to “undertake” the projects of embattled real estate major Amrapali Group, which has failed to hand over possession of flats to around 42,000 buyers.

    The apex court asked NBCC to place before it a “concrete proposal” within 30 days on how it proposes to complete the projects along with a timeline of work. The Centre has already introduced the Real Estate (Regulation and Development) Act, 2016, under which proper protection is provided to buyers.

    So far, around 29,033 real estate projects have been registered under the RERA Act, while 22,568 real estate agents have been recorded under the law.








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  • Noida, Ghaziabad plant over 5L saplings in major green drive TNN | Aug 16, 2018, 02:22 IST


    Local residents unfurled the National Flag in parks.

    NOIDA/GHAZIABAD: Independence Day was celebrated in Noida and Ghaziabadwith focus on a green theme this year. While residents marked the day by unfurling the Tricolour, various departments of the state government, including the district administration, police and other divisions, marked the day with a major plantation drive.

    In Noida and Greater Noida, the district administration executed a record plantation of 4.75 lakh saplings. While the plantation was spread all over the district in 75 acres of land, in Noida, the plantation was mainly carried out at Sector 145 metro line, sectors 2, 44, 63, 64, 72, 82, 150, 137 and 122. Minister for environment and forests, Mahesh Sharma planted saplings at the Sector 44 metro line area.

    In Ghaziabad, the district magistrate led a massive plantation drive in the city where over 50,000 saplings were planted. Families of martyrs were felicitated in a programme held at the collectorate. District magistrate Ritu Maheshwari chose the occasion to remind citizens of the progress made in terms providing better sanitation and water facilities in the city.

    Maheshwari also inaugurated facade lighting that will light up the collectorate buildings from Wednesday.




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  • Rs 18L stolen from builder’s office, 4 guards detained TNN | Aug 16, 2018, 02:13 IST

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    NOIDA: Four security guards were detained after a safe containing Rs 18 lakh cash was stolen from the head office of a prominent developer in Sector 63 on Monday night. The robbery occurred at the office after all the employees had left.

    Only four security guards were deployed at night due to which their role is under scanner.

    Amit Kumar Singh, SHO of Phase III police station, said police were informed about the theft on Tuesday morning.

    “A team reached the office on Tuesday morning and found the safe with Rs 18 lakh cash missing. No other items in the office were damaged or stolen. They questioned the security guards deployed on night duty but they could not come up with satisfactory answers,” he said. The officials then informed police and registered a complaint. Uday Raj, a field officer of the security agency, said the locks of doors were not broken. “The CCTV cameras on the premises were not functioning. There were four security guards at night duty but they failed to explain when asked about the theft,” he said. The four security guards have been detained over the issue. “We are thoroughly interrogating them in connection with the theft and also trying to access the CCTV footage from cameras installed around the premises to find the criminals,” Singh said.

    The office was closed on Wednesday due to Independence Day. There were two security guards on the campus but they said they were off duty when the theft occurred.

    The developer has not responded to a request for a comment.








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  • Jewar Farmers To Get Three Times Circle Rate For Airport Land

    When the Union Civil Aviation Ministry gave an in-principle approval for a second airport in the national capital in Jewar on April 23, it did far more than only boosting the government’s air connectivity plans. The environment ministry on June 12 gave its clearance to the project.

    Since the “internal rate of return, financial outcome and traffic projections of the airport site is satisfactory”, the government has started the land acquisition process. The Uttar Pradesh government has also decided to offer three times the circle rate to owners—Rs 2,300 per square metre as against Rs 900/sqm—for acquiring land for the project. It is worth mentioning here that villagers are demanding four times the circle rate to sell their land. After a final decision on rates is taken, the path for the foundation laying ceremony of the project in October-end would be all clear.

    By March next year, the work on the construction site might start. To ensure that, the UP government has approved the setting up of a joint venture company to acquire land required to develop the first phase of the airport projects. Entities that are part of the JV are the state government (37.5% share), the Noida Authority (37.5%), the Greater Noida Authority and (12.5%) the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (12.5%).

    By 2023, the first phase of the airport will become operational.

    The ground-breaking development

    To make sure that no deadlines are missed, the Gautam Buddha Nagar District Administration, which will be acquiring the land on behalf of the state government, plans to purchase land directly from farmers, without invoking the Land Acquisition Act, 2013. It might take years for the state to acquire land for the airport project if the provisions of the Right to Fair Compensation and Transparency in Land Acquisition, Rehabilitation and Resettlement Act, 2013, come into play. Sections 4 and 6 of the Act gives farmers the right to raise objection to a land acquisition plan.

    However, the government will have to significantly increase the compensation amount to acquire land across 39 villages in the state. While the district administration has earlier proposed a per square foot rate of Rs 1,895, farmers are now demanding Rs 5,000 psf as compensation. It is worth mentioning here that rates of land in the area shot up dramatically after the concrete steps were taken to make the Jewar Airport a reality. While rate of one bigha (843 square metre) of land used to be Rs 4-5 lakh earlier, property brokers are now seen offering farmers prices in the range of Rs 20-25 lakh a bigha.

    The Centre has also directed the Yeida and PwC to prepare the bid document by July to select a developer for the project.

    “Officials have already discussed the broad guidelines under which the request-for-proposal (RFP) document will be finalised. Now, PwC and the authority (Yeida) have all the necessary inputs to prepare the RFP. The timeline to float the RFP is set for July,” Yeida Officer on Special Duty Shailendra Bhatia was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying.

    “Once finalised, this bid document will become a model for the entire country for selection of the developers at other cities where airport projects are proposed,” he added.

    Developers’ choice

    This development has come as a great breather for builders in Noida, who are in desperate need of good news. Money crunch has stuck progress of as many as 300 housing projects in the city, creating an overall negative sentiment in this real estate market which was once among the most-talked and about and much- appreciated property hubs in the country.

    “It’s big news for the real estate business in this region because the airport will be the biggest job creator here. It is a much-needed boost to the real estate sector. We had been waiting for such a positive step from the government. Since it will take four or five years to build the airport, this region will become a good investment option,” Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India President Getambar Anand was quoted by Hindustan Times as saying.

    And, it is not only players in India who are upbeat about the new airport. Several companies in the US have also evinced interest in the airport project. Uttar Pradesh Health Minister Sidhartha Nath Singh, who was on a visit to that country, on May 9 said many US companies, including Boeing, had showed interest in making a maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) centre at the Jewar Airport.

    The real connection

    The news that the government is also planning to connect the Jewar Airport with at least two different rail transit systems has also come as great news for the real estate sector in the region. While the Centre plans to connect the Jewar Airport with the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi through a direct Metro link, the Uttar Pradesh government is also learning the feasibility of connecting it with Sarai Kale Khan through a rapid rail transit system. It is worth mentioning here that the state government is already developing a 30-kilometre Metro network to connect various parts of Noida and Greater Noida with the national capital. While the estimated cost of building the airport is Rs 20,000 crore, another thousands of crores would be spent to connect it with the national capital.

    The story so far

    The timeline: The proposal for an airport in Jewar was made in 2001 when current Home Minister Rajnath Singh was the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh. His successor Mayawati also backed the plan, and her government acquired more than 2,000 acres for the project. It was on December 5 last year, however, that the UP Cabinet, headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, gave its approval for the development of the airport. The Union government had also given site clearance approval for the project on July 5 last year. The Union home ministry has also given a No-Objection Certificate (NOC) for the project on October 5.

    Estimated cost: Nearly 5,000 hectares of land would be needed for the development of this international airport that would be developed in four phases, say estimates of the Uttar Pradesh government. The estimated cost of the project, which will be carried out by the Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority, is pegged at Rs 20,000 crore. This cost does not include the connectivity plans.

    Capacity: According to PwC, the agency that has prepared the techno-economic feasibility report for the project, the Jewar Airport is expected to handle 60 lakh passengers by 2022-23, when the first phase of the project is slated to be ready. It would cater to handle over 10 crore passengers by 2050, the agency said. It was likely that the passengers could take flights from the Jewar Airport to international destinations such as London, Abh Dhabi, Doha, Dubai, Katmandu and Bangkok, apart from flying to key domestic destinations, the report said.

    The impact: The civil aviation ministry expects this airport to give a boost to connectivity in the whole of western Uttar Pradesh, which will, in turn, bolster tourism and economic potential of the region. This airport will not only address the aviation needs of the Delhi airport but also cities such as Agra, Mathura, Bulandshahr and Meerut.

    The arrival of the new airport would significantly improve the prospects of property in the region. A high-speed network would only further the momentum.


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  • Homebuyers take pending cases to Rera in first face-to-face meet TNN | Aug 17, 2018, 02:23 IST

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    NOIDA: The Greater Noida bench of Uttar Pradesh Real Estate Regulatory Authority (UP-Rera) met a group of 56 homebuyers representing 10 different associations at Noida Authority’s Sector 6 office on Thursday, in its first face-to-face interaction with residents since its formation.

    From September 4, the panel will start hearing cases in Greater Noida four times a week — Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. A separate bench will, however, operate out of Lucknow on Wednesday.

    In Thursday’s meeting, the full bench of UP-Rera was present, including its full-time chairman Rajive Kumar. As many as 32 issues were raised by homebuyers at the meeting, according to the panel members.

    Among the groups that were present at the meeting was homebuyers’ umbrella groups Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association (Nefowa), Noida Extension Flat Owners Members Association (Nefoma), and buyers groups of Jaypee, Amrapali, Jaypee. Supertech, Unitech, Prateek, 3Cs and Shubhkamna.

    “All those who were present at the meeting are among those who have cases pending with Rera. Individual cases will be heard in court, but we focused on the generic issues before the bench starts operating from Greater Noida,” a senior member of the panel told TOI.

    The Rera panel will be in discussion with Credai (Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India) on Friday, followed by discussions with Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities in the coming days before hearing the cases from September.

    The Greater Noida bench of UP-Rera, at present, has 4,000 western UP cases to address. While the total number of cases over the past one year at UP-Rera were 6,000, 80% of those came from western UP cities — Noida, Greater Noida, Meerut, and Ghaziabad.

    “The buyers presented major concerns with the panel. Even as UP-Rera has become operational in the state, there has so far been no impact on the ground as so far there has been no compliance of its orders. We have appealed to the panel that the compliance of the same be given weightage,” said Abhishek Kumar, president, Nefowa.






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  • Supertech to invest Rs 800 crore this fiscal on construction; to deliver 10K flats in FY19 Noida-based firm is also eyeing its sales booking to rise to Rs 3,000 crore during 2018-19 fiscal on the back of improved demand especially from ready-to-move-in apartments, its MD Mohit Arora saidPTI | August 18, 2018, 07:51 IST


    NEW DELHI: Realty firm Supertech will invest about Rs 800 crore this fiscal year on construction of various projects to achieve targeted delivery of 10,000 flats, a top company official said on Friday.

    Noida-based firm is also eyeing its sales booking to rise to Rs 3,000 crore during 2018-19 fiscal on the back of improved demand especially from ready-to-move-in apartments, its MD Mohit Arora said.

    Supertech has delivered 40,000 units in the last 30 years and is currently working on 60,000 flats across 35 projects, mostly in Noida, Greater Noida and Gurugram.

    "We have started delivery in two 44-storey towers of our 'Supernova' project at Noida. This project has total five towers and is being developed at an investment of around Rs 5,500 crore," Supertech Chairman RK Arora told reporters here.

    The company has built 575 units in these two towers, of which 100 units have been handed over and rest would be done in the next three months. A commercial tower with 10 lakh sq ft of leasable area would be completed by end of this year.

    The 17.5 acre project will also have a 80-storey tower comprising 600 studio apartments and 250 flats and another tower having 250-rooms hotel and 80 Armani-branded residences. About 10 lakh sq ft of retail area would also come up in this project. "It will take another 2-3 years to complete the entire project".

    On overall company's operations, Supertech Chairman said the company is targeting to deliver 10,000 units during 2018-19 fiscal.

    "We are investing Rs 60-70 crore per month on construction to execute our various projects," Mohit said on the sidelines of the event.

    He said the construction spend would be further scaled-up to about Rs 100 crore a month shortly.

    Asked about sales booking, he said: "We expect to be about Rs 3,000 crore this fiscal". The company has a debt of about Rs 2,500 crore.

    Supertech is looking to raise more funds for project execution. The company had in December last year raised Rs 430 crore from Altico Capital to fund its ongoing housing project in Noida and repay debt. It had raised Rs 350 crore from L&T Finance in September last year to complete its 'Eco-Village 1' housing project, comprising 7,500 units, in Noida Extension.

    Besides Noida, Greater Noida, and Gurugram, the company has projects in Ghaziabad, Meerut, Muradabad, Dehradun, Haridwar, Rudrapur and Bengaluru.






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  • Noida: Authority inspects Yamuna bridge, to meet Nov 30 deadline Meenakshi Sinha | TNN | Aug 19, 2018, 12:13 IST

    NOIDA: A team from Noida Authority under Rajeev Tyagi general manager (Projects) inspected the under-construction six lane Yamuna bridge on Saturday and issued instructions to concerned teams to expedite work as per the November 30 deadline. Due to recent showers and consequent waterlogging, work had slowed down on the bridge.

    Commissioned in 2014, the 120 crore project of the six-lane bridge which will run parallel to the existing Okhla Barrage near Kalindi Kunj has already missed earlier two deadlines of August 2016, which was later extended to March 2017 and now to finally complete by November 30.

    “We will complete the bridge by November 30 by when it will be operational. The Yamuna bridge will facilitate connectivity between Sarita Vihar in Delhi, Faridabad and Noida and ease the problem of daily traffic jams on the route,” said Tyagi.

    At present, the existing Kalindi Kunj bridge is the only link between Noida and south Delhi. The traffic on this route has grown manifold and the narrow road which caters to about 1,00,000 vehicles daily is no longer sufficient.

    The under-construction 574-metre bridge is supported on 15 pillars with a 41-metre distance between the two pillars, and it will have two carriageways of three lanes each. It will also have a central verge and pedestrian pathways on each side.

    The new bridge runs between the existing Okhla bridge and the Magenta line metro route. For commuters travelling from Noida to Delhi, the new bridge is located about 120 metres on the left of the existing bridge and 40 metres from the metro route that connects Kalindi Kunj to Botanical Garden.






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  • Metro work leaves potholes on Sec 60 road, repairs after rain Construction work on a median under the Sector 59 metro station has left the road from the Sector 60 underpass to Mamura Junction riddled with potholes.

    TNN | Aug 19, 2018, 02:46 IST

    Some potholes near Sector 59 metro station have been filled temporarily.

    NOIDA: Construction work on a median under the Sector 59 metro station has left the road from the Sector 60 underpass to Mamura Junction riddled with potholes.

    While the private agency hired by DMRC had finished the work about a month ago, the Noida Authority is yet to undertake repairs on the stretch. Officials said they planned to undertake repairs after the monsoon, but the potholes would be filled soon.

    Barricades that had been put up on the road for the construction work have now been removed and the DMRC contractor is currently undertaking work near the Fortis intersection.

    Commuters are having to battle potholes near the Sector 59 metro station where barricades had been put up. A large part of the road has been damaged at a place where a steel girder has been erected.

    "The stretch was not so bad until recently. Earlier, we used to skirt the barricades and now, we have to negotiate craters that are yet to be filled. Two-wheelers often face the risk of toppling over," said Ashish Negi, who commutes to his office in Sector 67.

    A worker at the spot where the median is being constructed said soil used to plant saplings around the median had come loose after the rain and made the road slippery. Small mounds of loose soil have also been deposited because of the plantation drive along the divider on the Sector 59-66 main road till Sector 62, 63.

    "We had repaired the road a few days ago. But any fresh construction will only happen after the monsoons as the materials would not hold. In case resurfacing on the road is done now, it will lead to wastage of money and labour," an official from YFC projects, the agency undertaking the construction, said.

    S P Singh, project engineer in work circle 5, also said any substantial repairs would take place only after the monsoon.

    The potholes, however, would be covered from Monday. A statement from DMRC said also said resurfacing of the road would be taken up after the monsoon. "Meanwhile, repair of potholes will be undertaken," it said.








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  • Noida to allot 265 abadi plots within 15 days Meenakshi Sinha | TNN | Aug 19, 2018, 02:51 IST

    NOIDA: The Noida Authority has identified 265 abadi plots to be allotted to farmers of six villages whose land has been acquired by the Authority so far.

    The plots will be allotted via a draw within 15 days to farmers belonging to Barola, Badauli Bangar, Badauli Khadar, Sorkha, Yakubpur and Kondli.

    “The draw will be held for farmers whose acquired plots are of the same size and belong to the same area. Farmers with different plot size will be allotted their 5% abadi plot directly according to their plot size,” said Rajesh Kumar Singh, officer on special duty (OSD), Noida Authority.

    Further, according to the Authority guidelines, farmers whose land has been acquired will be allotted residential plots (equivalent to the 5% of their acquired land) within the premises of the farm land or its neighbourhood to avoid discomfort of resettlement of a new area.

    “We are ensuring that the said procedure is followed currently as well as in future, where it has been decided as a policy, that the farmers will be allotted abadi land within the vicinity of their acquired agricultural land,” said the OSD.




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  • Meter reading to go hi-tech and foolproof from Sept 1 The power department has hired a new agency to calculate the bills of consumers in a manner that doesn't require any manual intervention by meter readers.
    TNN | Aug 19, 2018, 02:56 IST


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    NOIDA: The power department has hired a new agency to calculate the bills of consumers in a manner that doesn't require any manual intervention by meter readers.

    Earlier, collusion between consumers and meter readers, especially in rural areas, resulted in generating fake bills, said officials of PVVNL.

    While this caused a loss of revenue to the PVVNL, genuine consumers too have been complaining about bills of lesser amount being issued to other customers due to corruption by meter readers.

    According to PVVNL officials, the company officials will be tasked with connecting individual meters with a port cable which will help transfer all the data to the server of the department, enabling the power department employees access the exact meter reading and units consumed by the consumer.

    Sanjay Jain, chief engineer (commercial), PVVNL told TOI that when the meter readers of the company go to the houses of the consumers, they will be tasked with collection of data from the spot and transfer it to the PVVNL's server.

    "The officials will be able to see the exact meter reading. Earlier, the meter readers would manually feed the reading in the mobile application. This would lead to controversies as the meter readers would at times enter lower readings than the actual and feed smaller numbers in the application. There was no procedure to check these readings. The new system will remove their interference," he said.

    Jain said that the department will first start with the new process in the rural areas and later expand the same to the urban areas.

    According to PVVNL, there are nearly 91,000 consumers of the power discom in the rural belt including Dadri and Jewar while the urban area of Noida has about 1,50,000 consumers.

    SK Verma, chief engineer, PVVNL, Gautam Budh Nagar told TOI that they are waiting for an official copy of the agreement.

    "We have been informed about the changes but are waiting for a copy of the agreement. The new system will start from September 1," he said. The new billing system will begin in 14 districts of the state including Gautam Budh Nagar and Ghaziabad.








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  • Wake-up call after buildings collapse: NDRF lessons for police and firemen

    Meenakshi Sinha | TNN | Aug 21, 2018, 07:01 IST

    The workshop in Sector 6 had been organised in the aftermath of the building collapses in Noida, Ghaziabad


    Noida: The disaster management cell organised a disaster awareness training programme for police, fire personnel and officials from the Noida Authority at Indira Gandhi Kala Kendra in Sector 6 on Monday. The workshop was conducted after a string of building collapses of late put the lives of many residents on risk.

    Additional CEO R K Mishra, who inaugurated the programme, called for all time preparedness. “Expect the unexpected and make yourself ready to respond in case of any emergency. Past experience of emergency handling situations should come in handy,” said the ACEO.

    “The department of disaster management organised a workshop on earthquake and flood response, search and rescue, and formal arrangements for personnel of fire, police and traffic departments of Gautam Budh Nagar district on Monday. Being the first respondents, these three main departments are first to respond in case of any emergency. Hence, the workshop was a good initiative to train them on how to answer, react and co-ordinate with other departments in the event of any disaster so that valuable time and lives are safeguarded,” said the ACEO.

    The NDRF trainers from 8th battalion in Ghaziabad taught basic life-saving skills to around 140 personnel, including Authority officials from Jal, civil and traffic departments. The NDRF trained the participants on basics of disaster management, search and rescue methods, role of first responder, first aid techniques and causality handling through demonstrations. P K Srivastava, commandant, NDRF branch, Ghaziabad said, “Monday’s workshop was a result of a series of building collapses like one in Shahberi in Greater Noida, Ghaziabad and Khoda in July which prompted the authorities to plan such a training for local first responders like police and fire personnel. The aim was to ensure quick response to multi disaster scenarios including earthquakes and floods.”

    While Shikha Sharma, planning officer of Noida’s disaster management cell urged for emergency services to be stress-free for efficient performance, Reena Sarin trained participants on how to remain focused and calm in order to respond to emergency in stressful conditions.

    Officer on special duty (OSD) M P Mishra maintained that Noida is highly vulnerable to disasters due to its geographic location and rapid industrialisation and it needs mock drills to learn more about the art of handling casualty. “Untrained casualty handling takes many lives on Indian roads. Hence, we need to frequently conduct such workshops where brain storming sessions and mock drills would help learn more about the art of casualty handling,” said the OSD.

    All participants also received pamphlets which consisted a list of dos and don’ts in case of a disaster.






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  • Jaypee buyers seek details of IRP before voting TNN | Aug 21, 2018, 07:08 IST



    Noida: Representatives from each of the nine associations of homebuyers of Jaypee Wish Town projects are likely to meet the interim resolution professional for the bankruptcy-hit Jaypee Infratech, Anuj Jain, at the company’s Sector 128 office on Tuesday.

    The homebuyers from various projects raised concern over the rate of interest of 8% allocated to the homebuyers in waiting as compared to the 18% interest that has been earmarked for the banks.

    “We have been asking for a meeting with the IRP and initially we were told to come on Wednesday. However, we are most likely to meet him on Tuesday itself. We want clarity on our status as creditors– whether we are secured or unsecured. Second, we want to know about the three candidates who have been shortlisted to represent us. How can buyers be equipped to vote for an IRP when we do not know anything about them?” Pramod Kumar, a buyer, said.

    The buyers have been asked to log on to the official website of Jaypee Infratech and cast their vote for one among three IRPs who is expected to represent their issues with the committee of creditors. The three names proposed are Sanjay Gupta, Kuldeep Verma and Pankaj Khaitan. The nominations have to be completed by August 28. The rest of the details about the dues accrued to the buyers has been enlisted on the website from the previous proceedings of the interim resolution.

    The first round of insolvency resolution against Jaypee commenced on August 9, 2017. With no conclusion drawn on completion of projects, the resolution process has been re-initiated by the Supreme Court from this month once again which could again run a new resolution cycle spanning nine months.

    During the initial resolution process, 12,000 buyers had filled forms to claim their stake in the apartments at Wish Town. Of the 32,000 apartments, the company claims to have handed over 7,000. Jaypee had deposited Rs 760 crore with the Supreme Court during the hearing of its ongoing case.







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