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- Officers busy with trees, blackbuck census can wait TNN | Updated: Nov 27, 2018, 01:51 IST
NOIDA: The latest census on the number of blackbucks in the district will be delayed as the forest department has not yet completed the counting exercise due to lack of staff, the department informed TOI on Monday. Officers claimed that a majority of the workforce have been diverted to mapping and counting trees on a 2, 500 hectare land stretch identified for Jewar airport.
The census was scheduled to come out in October. It could be vital for tracking poaching activities in the region.
There are around 10 blackbuck habitats in Greater Noida and during the last count in 2013, there were 122 of these endangered species present at these grassy fields. There is no data available with the forest department to state whether the blackbuck population in Gautam Budh Nagar has increased or decreased since that time. Over last one month, three cases of unnatural deaths and poaching have been reported from Masoodpur village in Rabupura alone. Rabupura lies at a distance of 20 km from Jewar.
“We will conduct the census as soon as the tree mapping work is completed in Jewar. Three blackbuck deaths have been reported from Masoodpur in one month. A month ago, a poaching attempt was detected. Next, a blackbuck was killed by wild dogs and on November 24, a poaching attempt had been stalled, though a blackbuck was killed. Departmental investigation has been started and police are also probing the matter. Blackbucks are timid creatures and die easily because of heart attacks when they sense threat. We have started patrolling the region at night for which we have asked for police cover of the guards on duty,” said P K Srivastava, district forest officer (DFO) of Gautam Budh Nagar.
According to experts, blackbucks in Gautam Budh Nagar have been suffering because of vanishing grasslands. They are also often attacked by wild dogs and hit by vehicles while trying to cross roads. Poaching also poses a major threat to their population.
In India, hunting of blackbucks is prohibited under Schedule I of the Wildlife Protection Act of 1972.
Being a protected species and listed under International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), the punishment for killing a blackbuck is five years of imprisonment along with Rs 10,000 as fine under Section 51 of the Act.
- Aqua Line stations to have special zones, kiosks for cabs Shikha Salaria | TNN | Dec 4, 2018, 01:07 IST
The Aqua Line is expected to be functional by December-end.
NOIDA: The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) is planning to identify pick-up and drop points for e-rickshaws and allow prepaid booking kiosks for app-based taxis such as Ola and Uber at stations on the Aqua Line.
Tenders will soon be floated for these kiosks, officials said, adding that the traffic police would decide where these cabs could be parked around the metro station. The Aqua Line is expected to be functional by the end of this month.
NMRC is of the view that if dedicated space is identified for cabs — like in airports — it will help ease congestion around metro stations.
PD Upadhyay, executive director at NMRC, said tenders for cab kiosks would be floated soon. “Similar to what we see in airports, if there is a facilitation booth at metro stations, those who prefer a cab to feeders or e-rickshaws will welcome such a facility,” he said.
Most app-based cab aggregators have special zones or kiosks at different airports across the country.
Asked if the kiosks would lead to traffic jams, Upadhyay said app-based taxis were anyway expected to queue up outside metro stations, irrespective of a dedicated facility or not.
“We are working on a time limit when these cabs could be allowed to stand outside a particular metro station. The matter was discussed with the traffic police in a meeting held recently,” Upadhyay said.
The traffic police, however, expressed concern over the shortage of staff for handling the number of cabs outside each metro station. Officers said there was need for discussions over the volume of traffic likely at the metro stations in sectors 71, 76, 142, NSEZ, Knowledge Park II and Pari Chowk. Aqua Line will have 21 stations in total.
“We need a detailed plan from NMRC about the available parking space and the design for each metro station. We need to know where such pick-up and drop points will be allowed. Otherwise, such points can become a headache rather than a means to ease congestion. A proper parking space needs to be allotted for such vehicles along with dedicated lanes for pedestrians,” a senior traffic officer said.
SP (traffic) Anil Jha said the traffic police would discuss the nitty-gritties of the project once the NMRC shared details of the plan. “Any plan for easing traffic congestion is welcome. We hope to get details from NMRC soon,” he said.
Officials said a representative of each of app-based cab aggregator would be present at the kiosk for assistance. Travellers, who don’t have app to book cabs, can also avail of the taxi service from the kiosks.
- Amrapali CMD, family were paid in crores, SC told Amit Anand Choudhary | TNN | Dec 5, 2018, 02:20 IST
Supreme Court of India
NEW DELHI: Amrapali group CMD Anil Sharma’s affidavit in the Supreme Courton alleged diversion of home-buyers’ money and financial transactions of group companies revealed how he and his family members received crores of rupees over the years as ‘salary and professional charges’ while Rs 13 crore was splurged on purchasing 86 luxury cars for the promoters and company officials.
As per the affidavit, Sharma received Rs 44 crore as salary in the last 10 years and the company also paid income tax of Rs 5.5 crore on his behalf. He also received Rs 32.4 crore from the company, which he said had been refunded. Sharma, who fought general elections in 2014 on a JD(U) ticket from Jehanabad constituency in Bihar, had declared his assets worth around Rs 847 crore in his affidavit filed before the Election Commission.
While furnishing his asset details before the apex court, Sharma said his present assets are around Rs 12 crore only out of which Rs 29 lakh are deposits in 17 bank accounts.
Directed to provide details of assets of all family members who were also involved in the management of group companies and the amount received by them, Sharma said his wife Pallavi Mishra also received Rs 4.47 crore from the group and his elder daughter received Rs 14 crore.
In their affidavits, all family members told the court that all the money received by them had been utilised for household expenses and investments and they are holding very small amounts in banks. As per the affidavits, the company had paid Rs 14 crore in income tax on behalf of promoters, directors and company officials. Sharma’s affidavit said the group spent more than Rs 1,000 crore in administration and staff welfare in the last ten years.
The SC-appointed forensic auditors had earlier told the court that home-buyers’ money was diverted for purposes other than constructing the housing projects and even directors were given crores of rupees out of the funds under the garb of professional charges. In their interim report, they said the amount received from buyers was always higher than the project cost, liability towards Noida authority for land cost and lease agreement but the company diverted the funds, which led to financial crunch causing delay in construction.
- Final inspection for Aqua Line nod as it eyes Xmas launch Shikha Salaria | TNN | Dec 7, 2018, 01:58 IST
While December 25 is the proposed date for commissioning, NMRC officials have not yet confirmed it.
NOIDA: The commissioner of metro rail safety (CMRS) will inspect the 29.7km Aqua Line from December 11 to 13 for the final certification needed to start commercial operations on the corridor that is likely to be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Christmas day.
The Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) has been expecting an inspection by CMRS S K Pathak for the past one month.
The final inspection includes exhaustive checks and re-checks on different public safety mechanisms, including security system, alarms, emergency stops, and entries and exits at all 21 stations of the corridor.
Earlier, in the first phase of the checks, the deputy CMRS had conducted a full trial of the metro line along with a two-day test of the rakes that will run along the entire corridor. That was completed on September 20. TOI had reported that the inspection was described as “good” by officials.
“It takes at least three days as this is the last stage when each and every aspect related to commuters’ safety is studied and checks are carried out,” an NMRC official said. “If any loophole is found, the CMRS will direct it to be fixed. Usually, a final invitation is sent to the CMRS only when the metro line is fully ready for commissioning,” the official added.
While December 25 is the proposed date for commissioning, NMRC officials have not yet confirmed it. “The dates for the CMRS inspection have been confirmed for December 11 to 13. We are gearing up for the same,” said PD Upadhyay, executive director of NMRC, adding the inauguration date will be finalised after the CMRS inspection.
While in most metro projects, commissioning has followed the final inspection, sources said the CMRS had pointed out shortcomings during the inspection of the Botanical Garden-Kalkaji line due to which the commissioning was delayed by a few months. “Usually, if the CMRS points out shortcomings, they would ask for quick redress and issue a new date for another round of inspection,” the official said.
- RWAs to test sanitation, upkeep plan Meenakshi Sinha | TNN | Dec 8, 2018, 09:19 IST
NOIDA: In a pilot project, 10 sectors have been shortlisted by the Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations (FONRWA) to carry out horticulture and sanitation work for a trial period of three months. Under the project, one set of five sectors (35, 20, 11, 34 and 51) will carry out all horticulture-related work, while a second set of sectors (47, 49, 51-C, D and F blocks), 52 and sector 66) will undertake the job of sanitation upkeep.
In each of these sectors, the RWA federation has offered to carry out the job by charging 75% of the cost of what the Authority currently pays to private contractors. This was agreed upon by CEO Alok Tandon in a meeting with the federation. The pilot project is expected to begin as soon as the cost modalities — based on size and area of the projects — are finalised by the Authority, tentatively by this month-end.
“The RWA federation proposed this idea in June that since most sector RWAs cater to the upkeep of parks, green belts and sanitation through private contractors, they be given control of the same and Authority should bear 75% of the cost,” said N P Singh, FONRWA president.
- Air pollution: 18 arrested in Greater Noida for flouting NGT orders PTI | Updated: Dec 8, 2018, 22:22 IST
The NGT had last month ordered a temporary ban on construction activities in Delhi-NCR in the wake of alarming... Read More
NOIDA: Eighteen people were arrested in Gautam Buddh Nagar's Greater Noidaon Saturday for allegedly violating the National Green Tribunal's orders on checking air pollution, officials said.
This is the first such action in Delhi-National Capital Region in which arrests have been made at construction sites where material was found uncovered and dust was blowing, they said.
A team of sub-divisional magistrate, Dadri, Anjani Kumar Singh, Police Circle Officer, Bisrakh, Nishank Sharma and officials of the Central Pollution Control Board carried out inspections at the construction sites where dust was blowing in violation of the NGT orders, the district administration said.
"Eighteen people were arrested under section 151 CrPC and have been sent to jail," it said in a statement.
The accused were arrested from the sites of Galaxy Builders in Sector 4, Town Central, PKS group in Sector 16B, an under construction Bharat Petroleum filling statuin opposite Ecotech 12 andÂ an illegal crushing/grinding unit from Sector -2 (Village Patwari), it said.
Cases against them were being initiated under the section 151 CrPC, it added.
District magistrate, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Brajesh Narain Singh said similar action would continue further against those violating the guidelines and orders of the Supreme Court, the central government and the NGT.
"If we look at the air quality indicators, they are consistently in the 'poor' or the 'very poor' category and that seems to have become the new normal. We are making all efforts towards checking air pollution and improving air quality," he told PTI.
Singh added that in compliance with the court orders, 61 people were arrested in Gautam Buddh Nagar for bursting crackers during Diwali and thereby contributing to air pollution. The NGT had last month ordered a temporary ban on construction activities in Delhi-NCR in the wake of alarming air pollution situation ahead of Diwali. The green panel had also directed that no construction material be kept in the open even after the ban was lifted.Â
The SC had on November 26 directed the CPCB, State Pollution Control Board (SPCB) and authorities under the Graded Action Plan "to take immediate action for prosecution" against government officials who have not penalised polluters despite receiving complaint against them.
- Can all Noida homes have independent meters in 3 months? It’s a tough road Shikha Salaria | TNN | Dec 9, 2018, 07:08 IST
Noida: The state government’s decision to provide electricity connection to a flat owner directly in an apartment complex may have brought relief to lakhs of residents of highrise societies in the twin cities, but the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission’s (UPERC) March 31 deadline poses a major challenge to the power discom that faces a mammoth task for conversion from single to multi-point connections.
This also means that over two lakh people currently residing in about 100 societies in Noida and another two lakh staying in around 130 societies in Greater Noida and Greater Noida west are staring at an added monetary burden for new meters and changes in electrical infrastructure. There are about 250 residential projects (including old and new housing societies) in Noida and 204 in Greater Noida and Greater Noida (west).
TOI looks at the challenges before the power department as well as the consumers:
Replacement of old meters
As per the August 10 notification, separate electricity connections are required for individual flat owners and builder/RWAs for common facilities like swimming pool, gymnasium, club, etc. This would entail an overhaul of the existing electrical infrastructure of a society which needs to be undertaken by the builder, including separation of back-up power from the main meter, introduction of new cabling network, etc.
The power department will have to replace each of the old meters of flat owners in a multi-storey building with new meters which will calculate only electrical consumption, leaving the maintenance/back-up charges that they collectively pay as of now.
Though this will curb residents’ complaints about fixed charges levied for providing power load, over-charging, etc, the new system is set to increase expenses borne by individual customers who have paid between Rs. 20,000 and Rs 25,000 for a connection already.
What are new expenses?
New meters will cost between Rs 12,000 and Rs 15,000. Wire cabling required for providing back-up supply via separate cable to each flat (This will depend on height of tower, number of flats ).
According to a Noida-based electrical contractor, the rate for installing new aluminium cable per meter is about Rs 125, but for those flats which require air conditioners, a big cable is required whose laying costs about Rs 150 per meter.
Separate cabling network will be needed to ensure power consumption for common utilities gets metered separately.
According to Noida Power Company Ltd (NPCL) spokesperson Sarnath Ganguly, this is the biggest challenge as the same will require alterations in the design of the society. “As of now, in single-point connections, only one cable is present for both grid supply and genset supply. That will have to be separated in multi-point connections now,” he said.
Maintenance on builders
New regulations put the responsibility of maintenance of internal wiring and network, maintenance/replacement of transformers and provision of back-up power from separate cable through separate meter on the builder/RWAs. Residents who are already dealing with multiple issues with the builders say they are unsure whether the builders will cooperate after the system is put.
“If there is a fault in internal wiring, who will the residents contact? The builders go unresponsive when portions of ceiling collapse, how can they be expected to regularly maintain transformers and internal wiring,” asked a resident of Sector 137.
Back-up via separate meter
Power department officials say back-up supply has to be maintained by the builder as notified and it is upto the developer or the RWA to ensure the same.
SK Verma, chief engineer, Pashchimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Ltd (PVVNL), said, “Since it is the builder and the planning consultant of the society who would know about the design of the society and older connections, they’ll have to see how the back-up supply can be provided to the flats and how the cabling network for the electricity supply and back-up can be separated.”
What will AOAs do?
In societies where the builders have gone absconding or have handed over the maintenance to RWAs or the matter in pending in court, they wonder how they’ll manage the changes and construction of electrical infrastructure, maintenance cost of the network/transformers, etc. Jitendra Pratap Singh, president of JM Orchid AOA, Sector 76, said, they are only collecting the electricity charges from the residents currently. “When more infrastructure is required, it will require more investment too which the AOAs lack,” he said.
Ill-equipped power dept
Even if infrastructure for multi-point connections gets ready despite all the hurdles, tasks like metering and billing of each flat will require more manpower in power department, which officials admit is lacking. The notification had directed power licensees in Gautam Budh Nagar — PVVNL and NPCL — to carry out inspections of existing electrical infrastructure in all societies in 30 days and check feasibility of the project in each society.
While the PVVNL has not carried out any inspections so far, the NPCL has found in its inspections that currently only 10-12 societies are such where the shift is feasible.
Verma of PVVNL, said “We’ve not got consent of any of the developers. It seems they are not willing.” NPCL’s Ganguly, on the other hand, said that so far, they have inspected 40 societies out of the total 130 societies in Greater Noida and Greater Noida (west) “of which, change from single-point to multi-point connections will be feasible in about 10-12 of them”.
- Noida’s first waste treatment plant inaugurated in Sector 54 Shafaque Alam | TNN | Dec 9, 2018, 19:20 IST
Remediation plant in Sector 54
NOIDA: A waste remediation plant, claimed to be the first in North-India, was inaugurated in Noida Sector-54 on Sunday. The plant can process 40 ton waste per hour and clear Noida’s 2 lakh ton waste legacy in coming days.
Noida Authority CEO Alok Tandon inaugurated the plant and said the facility will solve Noida’s waste management issue. Authority said this will also improve Noida’s Swachh Ranking in 2019.
Tamil Nadu based M/S Zigma Global Environ Solutions Pvt Ltd which has a joint venture with South Korean firm – M/S Forcebel Co. Ltd was selected for the project.
Remediation process takes place in three steps. Pre-Stabilization, The entire landfill site is converted into equal size windrows and turned frequently along with spraying of bio-culture and de-odorizer. This ensures removal of stench, reduction of flies and moisture and helps in bio-degradation.
The next step is sorting and segregation. In this stage, the waste is processed into the machinery which separates it into RDF, good earth, stone/inert and scrap. The third step is disposal. RDF will be transported to cement factories in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. Soil conditioner/good earth will be taken away by horticulture department of Authority for farming. Metal scraps will be sold to recyclers and stones shall be used for road construction and embankment purpose.
R K Mishra, ACEO Noida Authority, said that the garbage lot in Sector-54 would be clear in 4-5 months. “The machines will then shift to Mubarakpur, Sector 145 where garbage is presently dumped. The facility will make Noida garbage free. It will also help the city in achieving a significant position in Swachh Ranking – 2019,” he said.
- Sector 54 waste plant starts, to treat 80,000 tonnes of garbage in four months Shafaque Alam | TNN | Updated: Dec 10, 2018, 05:44 IST
NOIDA: A waste remediation plant, billed as the first of its kind in north India, was inaugurated in Noida Sector 54 on Sunday. The plant, which can be shifted from one place to another, can process 40 tonnes of waste an hour and segregate it into Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), good earth and scrap.
The plant, inaugurated by Noida Authority CEO Alok Tandon, will play a key role in determining Noida’s Swachh ranking next year and rid the city roads of garbage lying in open vats. Noida had initially planned to develop a waste-to-energy plant in Sector 123, but had to set the idea aside following protests by residents in July.
Officials said the remediation plant was a temporary solution to the city’s garbage woes. Since the plant and the machines installed there are movable, it will first treat the 60,000-80,000 tonnes of waste that had been dumped in Sector 54 earlier and move to the Mubarakpur dump site after 4-5 months. The company managing the plant will charge the Authority around Rs 1,200 for treating a tonne of waste.
The Authority has a tall task at hand to tackle daily waste. Noida has 81 villages and 168 sectors, with residential, commercial and industrial set-up spread across 20,316 hectares. The population, which was 6.37 lakh according to the 2011 census, has increased to around 10 lakh now because of rapid industrialisation and urbanisation. The city generates 600 metric tonnes of waste every day.
The plant in Sector 54 will process the waste in three steps. Pre-stabilisation — in which the entire landfill site will be converted into windrows and sprayed with bio-culture and de-odoriser. This ensures removal of stench, reduction of flies and moisture and helps in bio-degradation.
The next step is sorting and segregation. In this stage, the waste will be processed in the machinery, which will segregate it into RDF, good earth, stone/inert and scrap. The third step is disposal. The RDF will be transported to cement factories in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh, the soil/good earth will be taken away by the horticulture department for farming, the metal scrap will be sold to recyclers and stones will be used for construction of roads and creating embankments.
RK Mishra, additional CEO at the Noida Authority, said the movable plant would function at the Sector 54 site for the next 4-5 months. “The machines will then be shifted to Mubarakpur, where garbage is currently being dumped. The facility will make Noida garbage-free. It will also help the city achieve a significant position in the Swachh rankings next year,” he said.
Nagesh Prabhu, director of the Tamil-Nadu based Zigma Global Environ Solutions Pvt Ltd, which will manage the plant, said Noida’s 45% waste is organic in nature, 25% recyclable (RDF), 25% stones and 5% scrap. “We have conducted trial runs and the machines are working perfectly. We have started processing the garbage from Sunday. This is a fully automated technology with minimal manual handling of waste,” he said.
The company has also set up a weighbridge of 40 tonne capacity that will be monitored through CCTV cameras. Noida Authority will have access to the live monitoring system to check the amount of waste being processed. The processing, which involves rolling of trammels, triggered fear of dust pollution in the neighbourhood. Prabhu said the waste would be moistened up to 25% to check dust and ensure compliance with environmental safety standards.
- Magenta-Aqua link on hold as other projects gain steam Shikha Salaria | TNN | Dec 11, 2018, 08:15 IST
NOIDA: Though the government has decided to move ahead on the metro line between Sector 51 and Knowledge Park V (Aqua Line extension) in phases, commuters will have to wait longer for a direct link between Magenta Line and the Aqua Line.
With the authorities facing a fund crunch and the Aqua Line extension up to Greater Noida West being treated as priority, the proposed connectivity between Botanical Garden station and Sector 142 station has taken a back seat, for now.
A detailed project report (DPR) for the proposed route (Magenta-Aqua link) was approved by the Noida and Greater Noida authorities in September 2015, pegging the cost at Rs 2,127 crore. The proposed route is expected to bring Greater Noida closer to south and west Delhi. The estimated cost was revised to Rs 1,443 crore and the starting station was changed, at a board meeting of the Noida Authority in March 2016.
According to the revised plan, the connecting line will start at Botanical Garden (currently, the interchange station for Blue and Magenta Lines), instead of Okhla Bird Sanctuary as was proposed earlier, effectively extending the Phase III metro line between Janakpuri West and Botanical Garden. It will then pass through four stations — Sectors 125, 98, 108 and 91 — and end at Sector 142, where it will meet the Aqua Line.
“The interchange at Botanical Garden already witnesses movement on two metro lines — Blue and Magenta. If this link to Aqua Line gets through, commuters from Greater Noida and different sectors on two sides of the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway will get direct connectivity to parts of south, east and west Delhi,” said a DMRC official.
Noida Authority, in whose area the route falls, said that lack of funds was the main problem in starting work on the proposed metro link.
This apart, a Noida Authority official said currently, demand for the Aqua Line extension was more, especially from commuters living in Greater Noida West, than that for the Magenta-Aqua link. “The population along the proposed link is not too high, and officials are not expecting huge ridership on this route,” the official said, explaining the reasons for a slow progress on the plan.
In fact, Alok Tandon, CEO of the Noida Authority said that the project was not a priority, as of now. “Funds are the main issue. Moreover, currently, we have two main projects. CMRS inspection of the Aqua Line corridor (Sector 51-Greater Noida depot) will start on Tuesday. We can’t take up so many projects at once,” he explained.
Another official said as of now, the DPR for the metro link was with the Noida Authority, which needs to send it to the state government for final approval. “The Authority will have to pursue the project with the state government as and when it feels that it can be taken up,” he added.
- Migratory bird count at Okhla rises by 40%, brings cheer to sanctuary Sharmila Bhowmick | TNN | Dec 13, 2018, 05:24 IST
Forest officials have created floating beds made of bamboo and leaves for birds to rest
NOIDA: Okhla Bird Sanctuary, one of the largest destinations for migratory birdsin the NCR, has recorded a 40% surge in its seasonal guests this year so far, as compared to the same period last winter.
Close to 7,000 birds from migratory categories — mainly comprising terrestrial birds, water birds and raptors — have been spotted in the sanctuary, during a counting done earlier this week. There were only about 5,000 birds during December 2017, revealed district forest officials.
“We are happy to see the rise in the number this year. There are multiple reasons for this. First, the water level at Okhla is good this year. Additionally, we prepared conservation efforts well ahead of the season, and created floating beds made of bamboos and leaves to make perching spots for birds to rest. Migratory birds have started flocking to these beds and we have been able to retain more birds this year than last year,” Gautam Budh Nagar district forest officer PK Srivastava told TOI.
The migratory season at the Okhla sanctuary starts by October and lasts until the end of March.
Currently, terrestrial winter birds, like bluethroat, common chiffchaff, verditer flycatcher, grey headed canary flycatcher, common stonechat, black redstart and lesser whitethroat, are camping at Okhla. These apart, raptors, namely peregrine falcon, Eurasian hobby, greater spotted eagle, serpent eagle, marsh harrier, are also seen in the sanctuary now.
The water birds include the usual flock of common pochard, tufted duck, common teal, gadwall, Eurasian coot, Eurasian wigeon, greylag goose, glossy ibis, Eurasian spoonbill, northern shoveler, northern pintail, common shelduck, puddy shelduck, black headed gull, dallas gull, brown headed gull, black tailed gadwit, great white pelicans, ferruginous duck, great cormorant, gull-billed tern, ruff, marsh sandpiper, wood sandpiper, green sandpiper, common green shark, common kingfisher, citrine wagtail, grey wagtail and white wagtail.
According to forest officials, the number of birds visiting Surajpur this year has increased, too, as compared to 2017. “The water surface in Surajpur is about 60 hectares but the entire area is covered with birds this time. We expect more birds to flock by January when the migratory season usually peaks,” Srivastava added.
- 442 plots up for grabs as online bidding starts on Thursday TNN | Updated: Dec 13, 2018, 09:21 IST
NOIDA: Noida Authority’s online bidding of 442 residential plots — set to take place for the first time — will kick off on Thursday.
According to officials, 505 people have applied for the 442 plots. The e-bidding will be held from December 13 to 21, where each plot will be auctioned separately. The move is significant as this is likely to be the last residential scheme launched by the Noida Authority as the city has no fresh land bank.
These plots are located in sectors 12, 31, 33, 39, 47, 48, 49, 51, 52, 55, 70, 72, 93-B, 99, 100, 105 and 122. The Authority had conducted a survey of vacant plots and sought applications for allotment on November 13.
Of the 442, 264 plots measure up to 200 sq m while 178 plots are over 200 sq m. Some plots have been reserved for members of Scheduled Caste/Schedule Tribe, Noida Authority employees, farmers whose land have been acquired for different development projects, officials said.
Rajesh Kumar, OSD to Noida Authority, said they have decided to hold e-bidding process for the first time. “The e-bidding will take place in two time slots — 11 am to 1 pm and 3 pm to 5 pm. The applicants can participate in the e-bidding process from anywhere, and they need not visit Noida Authority physically,” he said.
The applicants have been provided training about the bidding process. “They have been given log in IDs and password. They will log in to the website and quote at least Rs 50,000 more than the reserved price for plots measuring land above 200 sq m. The quotation will be Rs 25,000 for plots measuring less than 200 sq m,” Kumar said.
The quoted price will visible to all the applicants. The highest bidder will be allotted the plot.
- Residents in Noida sectors 34 and 50 demand park upkeep Meenakshi Sinha | TNN | Updated: Dec 14, 2018, 13:15 IST
RWAs of sectors 50 and 34 have demanded upkeep of green belt and sector parks from Noida Authority
NOIDA: RWAs of sectors 50 and 34 have demanded upkeep of green belt and sector parks from Noida Authority. While the main drain in sector 34 is surrounded by about 20 sq ft area of overgrown shrubs and plants – presenting increasing mosquito menace for adjacent societies like Udaigiri and Dhawalgiri apartments; the central park in sector 50 has broken benches, old broken tiles on walking tracks and swings along with lack of grass upkeep. They've also asked for a new wall for the green belt from Neo Hospital to C block, upgrading of park in E block (E- 98/41-A) and more.
“We held a meeting with Noida authority officials over the development of the green belt near the big drain of our sector. Lack of upkeep around the drain has led to overgrown shrubs, grass and mud mounds leading to mosquito menace for neighbouring apartments. The area is about 20 sq ft in width and stretches for about less than a kilometre. Hence we demanded it be developed into a green belt along with the cleaning of the drain,” said K K Jain, RWA president sector 34.
The meeting that was held at sector 34 community centre with Rajeev Tyagi, general manager Noida Authority, Rajendra Singh, deputy director horticulturedepartment and other junior staff also discussed issues of pruning of trees covering overhead power cables, manure for sector parks and planting of winter plants and their overall upkeep.
In another meeting the Noida authority team also addressed issues raised by sector 50 RWA where Vimal Sharma RWA president demanded expediting repair and upkeep work in central park opposite the community centre and green belts of the sector.
While some work has already begun in sector 50, Tyagi issued directives on work related to sector 34 following which Rajendra Singh, deputy director horticulture undertook a tour of the problem spots near the open drain as well as the parks. “He will now be submitting an estimate for the job required following which we expect work to begin soon as per his assurance,” said Jain.
- Residents in Noida take meter cost woes to UPERC
The flat owners alleged a collusion between builders and the power department and complained about lack of clarity on how the connections would be converted by March next year.Shikha Salaria | TNN | December 18, 2018, 13:00 IST File photo
NOIDA: A suggestion by the Uttar Pradesh Electricity Regulatory Commission (UPERC) to take people’s grievances related to shifting meters did not go down well with flat owners during a meeting on Monday.
The flat owners alleged a collusion between builders and the power department and complained about lack of clarity on how the connections would be converted by March next year.
Colonel Prakash Chandra (retired), president of the apartment owners’ association at Aditya Urban Casa in Sector 78, told officials that builders were not cooperating in implementing the required conversion and most had not handed over the electricity maintenance to the society’s AOA.
“Most housing societies are two to four years old and have not handed over the electricity maintenance to residents. Even if we want to install a single meter, we can’t because the builders are not cooperating. The handover needs extra commitment from the builder due to infrastructure changes involved. This plan cannot be successful without the builders’ involvement,” he said.
Ashutosh Niranjan, managing director of PVVNL, said: “The builders should be asked for a letter from the discom on the amount that they are charging. Consumers should apply to us directly.”
- 6 builders told to deliver economically weaker sections, low income group flats by March Abhijay Jha | TNN | Dec 19, 2018, 07:03 IST
GHAZIABAD: The Ghaziabad Development Authority has given six developers time till March to build flats for the low income group (LIG) and economically weaker sections (EWS). Over 4,700 such flats are pending with these builders and a survey has revealed that barring basic structure, no progress has been made so far.
According to GDA officials, every fortnight the progress will be monitored by the development agency and if these developers fail to meet the deadline, heavy penalty will be imposed. As per norms, it is mandatory for developers to construct 10% of total flats under EWS and LIG schemes. “We’ve identified six developers who have faltered in handing over flats to beneficiaries under the EWS and LIG schemes. While Uppal Chadda group has to deliver 500 LIG and 432 EWS flats under its hi-tech city scheme, Crossings Infrastructure is supposed to build 496 EWS and 466 LIG apartments,” said VN Singh, OSD to GDA.
Other developers include Samag that is due to deliver 360 flats each under LIG and EWS schemes, SMV 220 LIG and 209 EWS flats, Agarwal Associates 24 LIG and 236 EWS flats and Ansals 208 LIG and 256 EWS flats. “They have been given time till March 2019 to deliver the flats and GDA will fortnightly monitor the progress made in all these projects,” added Singh. According to a 2012 government order, all government, private and cooperative housing schemes above 3,000 sq m area are required to allocate allot 20% of total dwelling units to people from EWS and LIG background — 10% for EWS and 10% for LIG people.