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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  • Illegal houses in way of Faridabad-Noida-Ghaziabad project demolished
    Purusharth Aradhak,TNN | Dec 6, 2013, 11.46 PM IST


    NOIDA: To speed up work on the much-awaited Faridabad-Noida-Ghaziabad(FNG) Expressway, Noida Authority on Friday conducted a demolition drive to remove massive encroachment. The action was taken after the violators did not pay any heed to the Authority's notices.

    FNG has become the Authority's most-awaited project to ease congestion. "No encroachment on government land will be allowed to hamper the work of the expressway. The Authority aims to complete it as soon as possible," said Rajesh Prakash, DCEO, Noida Authority.

    The demolition drive on Friday lasted six hours. The Authority team, comprising officials from the anti-encroachment cell and land wing, removed houses built on government land meant for the expressway. Land mafia had illegally sold the plots long back. Similar kinds of anti-encroachment drives will continue in future, said officials.

    The Authority CEO Rama Raman had earlier directed engineers to speed up work on all projects. "FNG is a very important project not just for residents living around it, but also the realty sector. It is due to such factors that we are clearing hurdles to make way for early delivery of the project," said a senior Authority official.

    Also, officials have been on their toes to resolve all legal issues between farmers and the Authority so that work does not come to a standstill. The Rs 1,000 crore, 43km-long FNG Expressway has faced several hurdles in the past as farmers had refused to give up their land for the project. Besides, local land mafia sold land for the project to people, who built houses on it.

    Plan for the expressway was started in 1989, while work commenced in 1993. The Authority has already completed work on 16 kilometres of the 21km stretch which falls in Noida's jurisdiction. The remaining part of FNG lies in Ghaziabad and Faridabad. Since the Authority's progress on this road was very slow, colonizers saw an opportunity and sold the expressway land illegally, claimed officials.

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  • Cities that offer world-class infrastructure

    Once considered as a deserted place is today considered amongst one of the posh areas of NCR region. Noida and Greater Noida has shown a stupendous growth in the real estate sector because of its booming infrastructure. Noida and Greater Noida boast a wor

    WITH AN AIM TO DEVELOP NOIDA AS A MAJOR INFRASTRUCTURAL HUB, ON A PAR WITH ALL THE MAJOR CITIES IN THE COUNTRY, THE AUTHORITY ANNOUNCED ITS DECISION TO ALLOCATE ALMOST 40 PER CENT OF THE TOTAL AMOUNT FOR VARIOUS DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS. THE AUTHORITY WILL SPEND ABOUT RS 2,000 CRORE ON PROJECTS




    The real estate sector in Noida and Greater Noida is on high octane because to its worldclass infrastructure. Today these vicinities have everything to offer a millennium lifestyle. As a part of Uttar Pradesh, Noida cannot remain insulated from the problems already prevailing in the state. Despite all this, the individuals who have shifted base to Noida have a splendid lifestyle. When it comes to infrastructure of Noida and Greater Noida, the cities have excellent network of roads and other civic infrastructure make for a good idea to stay here. Now Noida has two main expressways and wide roads and the Noida properties value is sky-touching in both residential and commercial realty sector


    With an aim to develop Noida as a major infrastructural hub, on a par with all the major cities in the country, the authority announced its decision to allocate almost 40 per cent of the total amount for various development projects. The authority will spend about Rs 2,000 crore on projects like construction of elevated roads, flyovers and five underpasses at all major traffic bottlenecks in Noida as well as on the construction of major link roads between Noida and Delhi. The sum will also be used for providing basic services like healthcare, transport and water supply.
    Here are some of the infrastructure initiatives which make these both the places even more worth living

    EXTENSION OF METRO
    The first concern for a home seeker is the connectivity to that area. Realising the need of a swift connectivity with Noida and Greater Noida the authorities concerned have approved the extension of the Metro route connecting almost all of Noida and Greater Noida.
    Besides extending the existing City Centre Metro route connecting Kalindi Kunj and Botanical Garden, a new line from the City Centre station connecting Sector 32 to Sector 62 and touching NH-24, was also approved. A new loop from Sector 71 via Sector 121 will then join the Greater Noida route between the City Centre and Bodaki railway station in Greater Noida. This route will be from the City Centre along the Greater Noida Expressway, touching Knowledge Park 4 via Pari Chowk and will finally end at Bodaki. The new loop has been added mainly to connect Noida Extension, which is near Sector 121, with Noida as well as with
    Greater Noida.

    The extension of Metro route will address the transportation needs of Noida residents to a great extent. With the proposed expansion of metro network to other areas, Noida is poised to become the most sought after destination in NCR.

    INFRASTRUCTURE AT PAR

    An eight-lane expressway connects Greater Noida directly to Delhi while reducing travel time to 20 minutes. That’s in addition to the eight-lane DND Flyway which has already reduced distances and commuting time dramatically. Greater Noida is the only city in North India with privatised power distribution, which ensures 24x7 power supply. A captive power plant to handle power requirements of the city is on anvil. If we talk about the basic telephone services that are operational through optic fibre cables and accessed through direct dialling from Delhi and other national telephone networ ks are also a great model. Underground electric cabling and sewerage and an extensive network of wide roads are other amenities. The Howrah-Delhi main railway lines passes rail link ensures greater connectivity between Greater Noida and the easter n and wester n main lines. The authority will spend about Rs 2,000 crore on projects like construction of elevated roads, flyovers and five underpasses at all major traffic bottlenecks in Noida as well as on the construction of major link roads between Noida and Delhi. Formula One Race Track has made Noida an attractive place for investors in global standards. Undoubtedly, Noida today has the best infrastructure to give a world class lifestyle to its residents.

    NEW AVENUES

    GNIDA works on full swing to make it the best place to work and to live. Their regular efforts will soon set an example for others to admire. Some of the projects are
    Yamuna Expressway: A smooth connectivity is imperative for better trade activities and for better commutation. With the inauguration of Yamuna Expressway it has enabled a direct link to Agra from Delhi via Greater Noida to boost tourism and industrial activities.

    Night Safari: GNIDA is planning to develop a Night Safari in the city in order to create awareness about environment and ecology, to provide a source for recreation to residents and to spur tourism in Greater Noida. It is being developed on the lines of open zoological gardens already established in China and Singapore.
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  • Exit of Shiela Dikshit tommorrow from Delhi will be good news for development of metro in Noida and NCR as a whole.

    New BJP govt will not ignore UP and Noida as it has big stakes here unlike Congress which is only bothered about Amethi and nearby areas only.
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  • Originally Posted by amarakbar
    Exit of Shiela Dikshit tommorrow from Delhi will be good news for development of metro in Noida and NCR as a whole.

    New BJP govt will not ignore UP and Noida as it has big stakes here unlike Congress which is only bothered about Amethi and nearby areas only.


    That is is correct assessment.


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  • Originally Posted by amarakbar
    Exit of Shiela Dikshit tommorrow from Delhi will be good news for development of metro in Noida and NCR as a whole.

    New BJP govt will not ignore UP and Noida as it has big stakes here unlike Congress which is only bothered about Amethi and nearby areas only.


    I strongly disagree. Sheila dixit k jane se koi bhala nhi hoga. Jitna 15 years me progress hui kabhi nhi hui delhi ki. Galti SP ki hai. BSP hoti toh jada better hota UP me
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  • Originally Posted by del_sanju
    I strongly disagree. Sheila dixit k jane se koi bhala nhi hoga. Jitna 15 years me progress hui kabhi nhi hui delhi ki. Galti SP ki hai. BSP hoti toh jada better hota UP me


    Development in Delhi (airport, flyovers, ac buses etc) has been done from part of the huge budget of Common wealth games which no other state in the country had the luxary of. Rest of the budget was siphoned off.
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  • Special team to guard Noida expressway from January 1
    Vinod Rajput, Hindustan Times Noida, December 10, 2013
    First Published: 20:59 IST(10/12/2013) | Last Updated: 21:10 IST(10/12/2013)

    The ride on the 25-km Noida expressway will be safer and hassle-free from January 1, claims the Noida authority which plans to deploy eight dedicated vehicles and a team of 12 cops on the high-speed link from the new year.

    The expressway is daily used by about 1 lakh commuters.

    “We have arranged four Innovas, two cranes and two ambulances for the expressway. Innovas will intensify patrolling on this high-speed link, the cranes will help remove accident vehicles and ambulances provide first aid to the accident victims while rushing them to nearby hospitals,” said Sandip Chandra, head of traffic cell.

    “The main objective of the special 12-member team will be to check overspeeding and offer a quick aid to accident victims,” said Chandra.

    The authority has also directed the Uttar Pradesh state regional transport corporation (UPSRTC) to run more buses on the expressway so that the high-speed link could be de-congested and a smooth drive ensured to commuters.

    With a budget of R 26 crore, the authority is expected to implement intelligent traffic management system from mid-December.

    Hindustan Times had run a campaign for better facilities on the expressway to curb accidents.

    Dozens of MNCs, BPOs, and IT enabled firms and their offices are located along this high-speed link.

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  • UP's investor meet in New Delhi cancelled

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  • ‘Use groundwater from realty sites for agriculture’

    NOIDA: An expert committee set up to consider various aspects on groundwater extraction beyond its natural levels in Noida has recommended that it should be diverted for agriculture or artificial recharge of water tables. The report, recommending methods for dewatering and control of groundwater at construction sites, was presented by Noida Authority to National Green Tribunal on Thursday.

    The five-member committee that compiled the report has also highlighted the need to form a special panel at Noida Authority to evaluate and approve 'dewatering management plans' before implementation of projects. The committee prepared its report—a copy of which is with TOI — after conducting surveys in Noida. Apart from officials of Noida Authority, the committee also comprised a former member each from Central Ground Water Board and UP Groundwater Department.

    As part of dewatering plans, the committee has recommended geo-technical investigations and hydrological analysis of project sites prior to commencement of construction to determine soil status and characteristics and exact positions of groundwater level. "Dewatering can be done after purification to designated discharge points, which may be sewers, streams, infiltration or recharge ponds or injection well recharge system," the expert committee has recommended.

    The committee compiled the report after the tribunal issued directions to the Authority for preparing a detailed plan highlighting methods for judicious use of groundwater and its recharge in Noida. The tribunal had issued the directions while hearing a case in which it was alleged that indiscriminate extraction of groundwater in Noida is fast depleting its levels, besides threatening shortage in the long term.







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  • Precast method catches fancy of realty firms

    NOIDA: Over a hundred members of CREDAI from various states like Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Karnakata, among others, while visiting the UP-NCR showed surprise as to how low-cost housing was being made possible by developers of the region. The delegation, while visiting various sites, were told that even though the region is close to the national capital, the soaring land prices were offset by using precast technology to build houses.

    Meanwhile, realtors from other states noticed that Delhi-NCR developers are building high-rise towers without any gap between them. "Builders should ensure that enough gap remains between two towers so that sunlight can enter into houses and in case of fire aid can be rushed," said Jaiveer Reedy, a realtor from Hyderabad.

    The team first visited Jaypee Group site in Noida, followed by Crossings Republik in Ghaziabad. In the last leg, realtors saw India's largest precast construction manufacturing unit in Greater Noida (West). The unit, which makes pre-fabricated construction structures like wall, slab, beam and pillars, etc, is managed by Supertech Group on area of 60,000 metres in Sector Ecotech-16.

    Realtors appreciated that with precast German technology, construction can be sped-up to a great extent in comparison to the traditional mode. RK Arora, CMD Supertech and vice-president CREDAI (west UP) said this technology will benefit 50,000 homebuyers in the first phase of its use.

    Another developer of the UP-NCR said they are helping other players in the industry for construction of high-rise, low-rise, villas, townships and many more structures. "The main advantages of precast technology are quality, speed of construction and a value-for-money product," said Anil Sharma, CMD Amrapali group.

    "The use of such technology helps in saving up to 64% of the time taken for similar projects using normal construction methods and technology," said Amit Gupta of Assocham.








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  • Name illegal sand miners: NGT

    NOIDA: The Gautam Budh Nagar police department has been directed by National Green Tribunal to furnish by January 22 the complete list of persons who were plying vehicles that have been seized on charges of illegal sand mining.

    The list has been demanded by the principal bench of the tribunal headed by chairperson Justice Swatanter Kumar after UP government submitted that it has so far arrested 120 people on charges of illegally mining sand from Yamuna riverbed. The bench expressed its dissatisfaction with UP government for merely producing drivers and helpers of seized vehicles in court as proof of its crackdown on mining mafia.

    Activists in Noida have at the same time accused the state government of shielding the high and mighty within Samajwadi Party who are the real faces behind illegal sand mining syndicates in the district.

    The tribunal has demanded the list of illegal mining operators in order to examine if people responsible for causing damage to the environment through indiscriminate mining can be made liable to pay compensation under the 'polluter pays' principle. The tribunal has taken this course of action after considering the fact that unauthorized sand mining going on in Gautam Budh Nagar for a considerable period has had its obvious adverse impacts on environment and ecology.

    "In such circumstances, it will be necessary for the tribunal to examine what steps are needed to be taken for restoration and examining if a person responsible for such illegal mining are liable to pay compensation in terms of Section 15 of the National Green Tribunal Act, 2010," says the order.

    Further, the Gautam Budh Nagar SSP has been directed to personally appear in court to explain charges of alleged theft of over 2 lakh cubic metres of sand seized in the district. "He shall also produce complete list of owners of JVC bulldozers, tractors and trucks which were involved in these activities or were cause of other illegal mining," the order further states.

    The state government, meanwhile, informed the tribunal that at present no mining licence or lease is in force in the district, a fact corroborated by the mining and forest departments in the district. The government further told the tribunal that it would not grant any lease unless it is cleared by Union environment ministry or State Environment Impact Assessment Authority.







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  • New power plant for Delhi, Noida
    Ayaskant Das,TNN | Dec 18, 2013, 03.38 AM IST

    NOIDA: In a move that could significantly boost the power scenario in the state, UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) has entered into a MoU with Tehri Hydropower Development Corporation (THDC) for transfer of land to construct a 1,320MW power generation unit in Khurja.

    The agreement was entered into in Lucknow last week. The MoU between the two public sector entities would enable smooth transfer of 1,200 acres of land for building a super thermal power plant in Khurja. The project involves setting up of two units of 660MW each as part of the power generation unit.

    Power corporation officials said supply in western regions of the state, including Gautam Budh Nagar, is likely to improve following commissioning of the plant. UP would receive a significant quantity of power generated at the Khurja plant through a power purchase agreement (PPA) that has already been executed. Other states who have signed PPAs are Delhi, Uttarakhand, Himachal Pradesh and Rajasthan.

    Officials said the agreement for land transfer is significant because fates of at least three proposed major power plants in the state have been hanging in balance. Farmers' agitations over land acquisition for the 1,320MW plant in Meja, 1,980MW plant in Bara and 1,980MW plant in Karchanna have resulted in shortage of electricity for the state, said officials.

    Officials added that commissioning of the Khurja plant would lessen the onus placed on UP for causing shortage in the electricity pool which led to the failure of the grids last year.

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  • किसानों के विरोध के बीच हटाया अतिक्रमण

    Dec 19, 2013, 08.00AM IST


    एनबीटी न्यूज ॥ नोएडा
    एफएनजी प्रोजेक्ट को अतिक्रमण मुक्त कराने के तहत अथॉरिटी ने बुधवार को एक्सप्रेस वे के किनारे स्थित इलाके में अभियान चलाया। सुबह करीब 6 बजे अथॉरिटी दस्ते ने घने कोहरे के बीच एफएनजी के रास्ते में बने मकानों को तोड़ा। कार्रवाई के विरोध में किसान संघर्ष समिति के सदस्यों ने रोकने की कोशिश की लेकिन तब तक अथॉरिटी अफसरों ने रूट के रास्ते को क्लियर कर लिया था।
    अभियान के दौरान करीब 30 हजार वर्ग मीटर एरिया को क्लियर कराया गया। अथॉरिटी अफसरों के अनुसार, रोड के रूट पर पड़ने वाले जमीन मालिकों से समझौते के आधार पर जमीन खरीदी जाएगी। उधर, किसान संघर्ष समिति ने अथॉरिटी की कार्रवाई से प्रभावित किसानों की एक सप्ताह में भरपाई करने का अल्टिमेटम दिया है।
    अथॉरिटी ने सेक्टर-168 में असदुल्लापुर गांव से गुजरने वाले एफएनजी रोड के रास्ते में आने वाले मकानों को हटाने के नोटिस करीब एक सप्ताह पहले जारी किए थे। इस गांव के निवासी पास के मंगरौली- छपरौली गांव में रहते हैं। 2011-12 में हाई कोर्ट के आदेश पर असदुल्लापुर ग्राम के भूमि अधिग्रहण को निरस्त कर दिया गया था। इसी आधार पर समिति ने अथॉरिटी की तोड़फोड़ की कार्रवाई का विरोध किया है। अथॉरिटी अफसरों के अनुसार, एफएनजी प्रोजेक्ट शहर की लाइफ लाइन के रूप मंे डिवेलप की जा रही है। फरीदाबाद, नोएडा और गाजियाबाद को सीधे कनेक्ट करने वाले इस रूट के चालू होने के बाद ज्यादातर हेवी वीइकल इसी रास्ते से गुजरेंगे।
    किसान संघर्ष समिति के प्रवक्ता महेश अवाना ने कहा कि अथॉरिटी ने अधिग्रहण रद्द होने के बावजूद पुरानी आबादी को तोड़कर नियमों का उल्लंघन किया है। एक सप्ताह में प्रभावित किसानों की भरपाई नहीं होने पर आंदोलन शुरू किया जाएगा।

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  • Mixed land-use policy FOR NOIDA
    Dec 21, 2013

    Noida Authority has approved mixed land-use policy in Noida Master Plan-2021, which will allow offices, retail shops, eateries, and entertainment outlets in specific areas in industrial and institutional sectors.
    The policy will benefit MNCs, BPOs, ITITeS firms and other corporate houses, enabling them to accommodate their employee temporarily.
    The purpose behind this policy to allow residential facilities in commercial and institutional areas is to facilitate optimum utilization of land and also to contain the requirement of transport facilities to places of work.
    Rama Raman, chairman and chief executive officer of Noida, says: "The mixed land-use policy is part of the draft bill of the state Urban Housing and Habitat Policy 2013. We have approved this policy and will implement it keeping in mind the scarcity of land, and the easy availability of a slew of facilities in commercial places. The policy will help individual plot owners as well as builders.
    "The mixed land-use policy has been a longstanding demand of individual plot owners and developers, who say this is an answer to providing people with everything at their doorstep. From workplaces to shopping, from entertainment to eating out, everything can be developed near the place of residence under this policy. The concept of mixed land-use is also becoming popular in other Indian cities."

    What is mixed land-use policy?

    Under the recently-approved mixed landuse policy, residents having plots or builtup houses beside roads with of 24 metres and above in residential areas will be allowed to construct guesthouses on a limited area. These guesthouses can house facilities like general stores, coffee shops, ATMs, etc. In addition, other facilities like auto-service centres are also allowed, but only in industrial areas.

    Owners of residential and industrial plots will have to pay an impact fee to the Noida Industrial Development Authority, so that they can enjoy 100% FAR (Floor Area Ratio). To convert residential property into mixed land use, residential land owners will have to pay 50% as impact fee, while for the conversion of industrial plots to mixed land-use, industrial land owners will have to pay 50% of the difference
    between the rate of commercial and industrial plots.

    From the developers' and builders' point of view, there will be a provision for mixed land-use of commercial, residential, and institutional activities on designated large-size residential or instia a tutional plots in different sectors.

    The ground coverage and floor area ratio will be in accordance with the prime land use of the plot. The Noida authority may decide upon the architectural control, procedure of allotment, reserve price, and other requirements as per the proposed mix of activities on a plot or scheme.

    The specific areas of mixed land-use have not been proposed in the master plan. However, the Noida authority may identify such land or plot for mixed land-use schemes at the time a detailed layout plan is drawn for a particular sector or area.

    Rakesh Yadav, MD of Antriksh Group, says: "The main advantage of mixed landuse is that it suits the present socio-economic needs of a large section of society and reduces the transportation needs and traffic movement considerably; air and sound pollution, too, would be curbed to a large extent. However, if the policy is not properly regulated, it will have an adverse effect in terms of congestion, pollution, and general inconvenience to the people of those areas."

    Many developers have made good use of this policy to launch or announce world-class projects housing commercial and residential suites offering premium facilities. Unnati Fortune Group has launched Unnati Fortune World in Sector 144, Noida Expressway; this project offers high street premium retail, premium residences, 5-star luxury hotels, and 'medifloors'. Medifloors is an investment opportunity, especially for doctors in the heart of corporate and residential development along the Noida Expressway.

    These premium spaces are specially designed keeping in mind the professional needs of doctors along with attached washrooms, a common grand reception, waiting lounge, cafeteria, lab facilities, , and other essential health services.
    Anil Mithas, MD of Unnati Fortune Group, says: "The project is mixed-use property over 25 acres of planned green expanse; this is one of the finest and most luxurious mixed-use commercial development along the Noida Expressway. It will have high street retail, futuristic office spaces, premium residences, a luxury 5-star hotel, an amphitheater, and world-class recreational facilities including one of north India's largest artificial lakes designed by ARCOP."

    Satyendra Tomar, director of Proplarity Group, says: "Keeping the mixed landuse policy in mind, we have planned a commercial project that will have a variety of office spaces, retail destinations, residential spaces, along with an entertainment zone. The current global business scenario demands exactly these projects that offer all facilities under one roof where people can work, shop, and enjoy outings with their families."

    Pawan Jasuja, director of Finlace Consulting, says: "It is imperative that new developments plan for mixed-use facilities for residential, commercial, and non-residential activity right at the time of the preparation of the layout plan; this will help in designing and allocating space for commercial centers with ample parking and other essential services. Even the March 31, 2006, notification says that if these things are not kept in mind, the subsequent approval for mixed land-use would lead to chaos."

    Navneet Bhadla, director of Brys Group, says: "The mixed land-use policy is like a breath of fresh air in the sector and we welcome it. If you look at the urban development in many cities across the world, the areas which have a healthy balance of residential and commercial development have grown better in terms of real estate development and, more importantly, the economy of the region in general has gained impetus."

    Deepak Kapoor, director of Gulshan Homz, says: "The mixed land-use policy will help the development authorities in getting extra revenue for the development of infrastructure. So, it balances the load on the land and catalyses the economic growth. Noida, for some time now, has been in need of this policy-it will galvanize the development of the city. The only caveat here is that the policy guidelines should be followed in the right spirit, otherwise there is a real threat of unauthorized developments mushrooming all over."

    Sanjay Rastogi, director of Saviour Builders Pvt Ltd, says: "The Noida authority has done a commendable job by giving in-principle approval for mixed landuse in specific residential areas. Now, people can construct new structures in residential properties for commercial activities after paying an impact fee. Earlier, these activities were being carried out in an unauthorized manner. This will come as a relief to residents as they do not have to travel all the way to a mall or a market place for basic necessities. However, infrastructure should be upgraded so that commercial activities can be smoothly carried out."

    Kaushal Jain, director of Arihant Build Con, says: "The mixed land-use policy comes at a time when the real estate sector in the country is grappling with huge, unsold inventory. Now, by using residential plots and properties, one can set up commercial establishment as well. Developers or land owners can now use the entire plot by paying impact fee and use it to open a store, a beauty salon, or even a showroom. This will be a mutually beneficial prospect and can be utilized effectively provided everyone plays by the rules."

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  • RWAs threaten dharna over land ownership

    NOIDA: The federation of RWAs has threatened to go on an indefinite dharna for pushing forth their long-standing demand to convert land ownership in the city from 'leasehold' to 'freehold'. The Federation of Noida RWAs (FONRWA), which claims to have support of numerous social organizations, has set January 15 as the date to beginthe dharna would commence.

    Federation office bearers said they decided on the protest after Noida Authority issued lease cancellation notices to allottees who have built houses on plots in Sector 71. Cancellation notices were issued to allottees who have already built houses on the plots.

    "The Authority resorts to lease cancellation if allottees violate any rule. Freehold status of land would put an end to ownership cancellation," said NP Singh, president, FONRWA.

    RWA members added that they have already informed the Authority chairman-cum-CEO about their plan. The federation said they have also written to UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadav to initiate the process of converting land into freehold. "We have received no reply to our letters. The protests would be called off only after the government intervenes to meet our demand," Singh said.










    RWAs threaten dharna over land ownership - The Times of India
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