02nd Apr 2013
Rs 3,337-crore bounty for Noida, Greater Noida
LUCKNOW: Putting to rest all talk of "neglect" of Noida and Greater Noida, chief minister AkhileshYadav will inaugurate and lay the foundation stone of development projects worth Rs 3,337 crore for the twin districts on Tuesday. The announcements come nearly one year after keeping the residents of the two districts on tenterhooks. Akhilesh's latest largesse will now mean the districts will be flushed with development activities over the next few years. Among key promises, Noida and Greater Noida will be given two new affordable housing projects, a state-of-the-art sewerage treatment plant, a government inter college for girls, construction orders for the medical university that was promised last year, a 200-bed district hospital with a trauma centre. To service the growing power needs of the districts, Akhilesh has also decided to set up power sub-stations in several sectors, build underpasses at some of the busiest intersections and to construct a multi-level parking space in Sector 18 of Noida, which will accommodate over 3,000 cars. The government will also construct a destitute home in Noida, in addition to living facilities for young girls between the age of 7 and 17.
Earlier, Noida and Greater Noida had suffered as a result of a routine wrangle for power between the warring BSP and SP governments. In 2004, former CM Mulayam Singh Yadav dissolved the Gautam Budh Nagar district - formed in June 1997 by Mayawati -- and stalled several projects. After the Samajwadi Party came to power in March 2012, most of Mayawati's real estate and development projects were believed to be on the SP government's radar. Recognised as a hub of corruption, residents were fearful that many real estate projects would be on the chopping block again. Though one such land-grab scam, of illegal distribution and sale of farmhouses in Noida, is still being investigated by the Lok Ayukta, Akhilesh has, so far, left all other existing projects that could affect consumers, untouched. Distributing his development promises between Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway Authorities, Akhilesh will inaugurate a 35 mld sewage treatment plant (STP) at Sector 123 of Noida that will make it the first Indian city with a capacity to treat all the sewerage it produces.
Built on the recommendations of a team of scientists from IIT Roorkee, the STP will service 28 sectors of Noida and will also, a government release said, meet the ISO 14001:2004 standards of environmental pollution control. To meet the growing real estate demands, the government has approved a residential project for the Greater Noida Authority that will build 7,200 'affordable' flats in ground plus three format in Sector 10. Each flat will be built over 29.76 square metres. Akhilesh will also lay the foundation stone of 4,425 affordable homes in Sector 18 of Greater Noida, each of which will be priced at Rs 7.75 lakh. The proposed underpasses on the intersections of sectors 32, 35, 39 and 51 will be four-laned and will be built parallel to the Metro line. The government will also build a 7-metre clover leaf on the proposed four-lane underpass on the Master Plan road number 3 in sectors 94, 95 for traffic travelling from Delhi to Sector 94 of Noida.
In welcome improvements for the residents, the Noida Authority will construct a multi-level car parking -- fit to accommodate 3085 cars -- in Sector 18. According to the available blueprint, the parking space will be monitored by close circuit television cameras (CCTVs) and will have a battery-operated shuttle service to ferry car owners from the parking space to nearby areas. Akhilesh will also lay the foundation stone for a 200-bed district hospital in Sector 39, where the government says it will provide cheap, accessible and quality healthcare to all. The hospital premises will have residential facilities for doctors and other support staff and will be equipped with a trauma unit, modern pathology lab, radiological units, intensive care and a special facility of a 100-bed reservation for women.
For the state's business capital, there's plenty on offer in the power sector as well. Two power sub-stations of 400 kv capacity will be fitted in Sectors 123 and 148 of Noida, respectively. In addition, a 33 kv power sub-station will also be built by the Yamuna Expressway Authority at Sector 17 A in Greater Noida. Akhilesh will also lay the foundation stone for a building that will house the Nari Niketan in Sector 34, and several underpasses, at the intersections of Sector 32, 35, 39 and 51 and at the master plan road number 3 in Sectors 94 and 95. Expected to cost of Rs 22 crore, Nari Niketan will be built on a 5,400 square metre plot and will rehabilitate and service abandoned children, women, orphans and destitute persons. The government has also cleared a proposal for constructing a five-storey building that will provide living quarters to 200 girls between the age of 7 and 17, apart from facilities for counseling, classes for primary education, and short-term courses in handicrafts and vocational training.
The chief minister will also lay the foundation stone for an inter college for girls at Hoshiyarpur village in Sector 51 of Noida. In the first phase, the college will be built over two floors on 8,300 square meters of land and will house 35 class rooms, special laboratories for physics, mathematics and chemistry, a multipurpose hall and a library. To strengthen the education system, the government will also, finally, begin the construction of a medical university at Greater Noida, the approval for which was given by the government last year. To be built on 56.5 acre of land made available by the Greater Noida Authority, the university will accommodate 100 students and provide courses like MBBS, MD, MS, DM and MH. The government proposes to start the academic session of the university by August 2013. Akhilesh will also inaugurate, on Tuesday, the OPD facility of a 500-bed Multi-specialty hospital attached to the medical university. The hospital, the government said, will extend advanced and affordable medical facilities to all residents of Greater Noida and the neighbouring districts. In other major schemes for Noida and Greater Noida, the chief minister will lay the foundation stone for administrative offices for the Greater Noida authority, the construction of which will be completed in three years.