Despite the Uttar Pradesh government claiming the stuck housing projects in Noida Extension would resume soon, there might be further roadblocks.
Non-clearance of Greater Noida's master plan by the NCRPB has halted real estate projects in Noida Extension for the past six months. The NCR board came into picture after the Allahabad high court last year said construction would not begin till the board approved of the master plan.
The planning board has objected to the plan and said Greater Noida has a population of 1 lakh, but land is being acquired for 29 lakh. The board's regional plan-2021 recommended a population of 7 lakh by 2011 and 12 lakh by 2021. As per the Census 2011, Greater Noida has achieved a population of only 1 lakh in 15 years. This indicates a slow rate of growth of population.
About 1 lakh middle-class buyers have been paying home loan EMIs as well as monthly rentals for their current accommodations ever since the projects came to a halt six months ago. "These are minor issues. The plan will be approved soon," said a senior state government official.
The UP's sub-regional plan has proposed development of Greater Noida Extension (2031) for a population of 17 lakh. The total population for Greater Noida Phase-1 and Phase-2 will be about 29 lakh by 2021/2031.
Currently, development is being carried out in about 35,000 hectares of land in Greater Noida, including Noida Extension, where more than two lakh houses are planned and of them about 1 lakh have already been booked. In phase 2, the authority has notified about 50,000 hectares of land for acquisition. NH-91, which branches out from NH-24 at Ghaziabad and goes to Kanpur, separates the two areas. The Howrah-Delhi railway line also runs parallel to NH-91.
"We have received NCR board's observations. The state government would address the objections within a month and after that the NCR board should clear the plan in another one month," said Abhishek Mishra, minister of state (CM protocol).
Decoding the plans
NCR board makes regional plans. UP makes sub-regional plans which comprise several master plans such as those for Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway. UP's plan has to be in conformity with the NCR Board's regional plan. UP had its first sub-regional plan passed in 1992. It confirmed to the NCR regional plan 1988. The NCR planning board made a new plan in 2005, known as regional plan-2021. All states were required to make their sub-regional plans and get them approved by the NCR planning board. But UP kept delaying the matter. In the absence of a sub-regional plan, local authorities, such as Greater Noida, made their master plans and got them approved by the state government. The NCR planning board was often not kept in the loop about the changes made.