The New Okhla Industrial Development Authority’s Master Plan 2031 estimates the city’s population at 25 lakh. Against the population estimation of 5 lakh in Noida’s first Master Plan in 2001, the proposed figure stood at 12 lakh in the last plan. This, authority’s Deputy CEO N.P. Singh said, was indicative of the fact that people still want to shit base to Noida from other areas.
The new plan proposes to increase the green area by 2 to 3 per cent (200 to 300 hectares more) against the existing 2021 plan. The authority has constituted an expert committee to go about ushering in the future course of infrastructure development.
However, Singh said citizens’ cooperation was needed to execute the master plan. He said the authority would take strict action against unauthorised commercial activity in residential areas. He was responding to Kedar Bansal, President, Sector 18 Market Traders' Association.
When an audience member said the authority was constituted for industrial development and now it was drifting to commercial property sale, the Singh said that “the authority was constituted for integrated development of the area.”
City needs own plant
Though the Noida power supply system was far better than other districts of Uttar Pradesh and neighbouring towns in NCR, to attract investments there is a need for Noida to have its own generation plant.Noida is rich in funds and can utilise the funds for such projects.
R.K. Bhargava, chairman, Maruti Suzuki India Limited, also felt that Noida authority should give due consideration to electricity supply.
Through public-private-partnership, the authority can think of setting up a power generation plant.
Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Noida N.P. Singh said, “the present power demand is 575 MVA and supply is 678 MVA. Breakdown or power cuts are mostly due to overloading of transformers.
They are being upgraded with higher capacity ones.