Ghaziabad Development Authority's (GDA) vice-chairman Santosh Kumar Yadav, a 1995 batch IAS officer, reveals his plan to turn Ghaziabad a 'world class city'. He spoke to Amit Kumar on a range of issues including infrastructure, Industries, Healthcare and real estate. Excerpts:
How do you see Ghaziabad in 2020?
Ghaziabad has two parts - the old area has a rich traditional background and the new area i.e. trans-Hindon areas including Indirapuram, Vaishali, Vasundhara has a modern and cosmopolitan character. I believe, Ghaziabad has an edge over other cities of NCR as the city is connected with national capital through five major roads. We want to develop its infrastructure and improve connectivity such that residents living in any part of the city will reach national capital within 20 minutes. In five years down the line, Ghaziabad would have better infrastructure as many big projects will complete by then.
What are the major projects that will make the city world class?
Projects include development of sports infrastructure, Industrial infrastructure, Housing development and Road infrastructure. The work to extend Metro connectivity from Dilshad Garden to New Bus Terminal stretch will start by March next year as all the hurdles have been sorted out. Besides it, negotiation for extension of metro route from Noida sector 62 to Indirapuram to Loni is going on. GDA will improve the connectivity by augmenting several new roads including Pipeline Road, Karhera bridge, Northern Peripheral Road, elevated road from UP gate and New Link Road.
What all will come up under sports infrastructure?
As the size of the Nehru stadium is small, GDA will build state of the art international stadium in about 100 acre land near Pipeline road. We have already discussed the plan with BCCI vice president Rajeev Shukla. We will prepare its design soon. Besides it, GDA will construct two dedicated cycle corridors-one in trans Hindon area and another at main city. In trans-Hindon area, Cycling track will come up parallel to Hindon canal and in main city, track will be build up from New Ghaziabad Railway Station to Sanjay Nagar flyover. GDA will also build six sports complex -- four in Trans-Hindon Area and two in main Ghaziabad city.
What about the new housing projects?
Besides having houses for high-end users housing at Indirapuram, GDA is going for affordable houses in a big way to meet the needs of people. In coming two years, GDA will build two lakh houses, one room house will cost R5 lakh and two-room house R10 lakh. Interestingly, houses will be designed with the consultations of women (home makers), as they spend most of the time in the house.
Traditionally, Ghaziabad has been an Industrial town. What is the future plan regarding industries?
Ghaziabad is a good industrial hub since Nehru era. But as we have an edge on soft and technological side, unlike past when heavy industries were the preferences, IT and IT enabled industrial hub including a new township will be developed in about ten thousand acres near Pipeline road. Even there will be provision to develop big warehouses and logistics.