Clearance of Greater Noida’s master plan -2021 will not only mean revival of stuck housing projects in Noida Extension. It will also give a lease of life to a host of infrastructure projects in much of Greater Noida.
“The master plan governs about 80% of the entire Greater Noida area. In the absence of approval to the plan by the NCR planning board (NCRPB), all development activities in this vast area has remained halted for the last eight months,” said a senior authority official.
The Allahabad high court in October last year asked the authority to get the plan cleared by the NCRPB before starting construction works.
The authority has not been able to work on water and power supply, besides roads, drains and other facilities. Big projects which have been affected are a Metro line proposed from Noida to Greater Noida, a Greater Noida-Noida road (130-metre-wide, 28-km-long), a Greater Noida-Ghaziabad road (60-metre-wide, 22-km-long).
Noida Extension is not only about builders’ projects. As many as 3,000 residential plots have been allotted there by the authority. Plus, there are a number of corporate offices, schools and other institutions that have been hit.
As per the plan, only 19% of the total land acquired had been allotted to builders. Rest of the land has been allotted for construction of institutions (schools, colleges, hospital) industrial and commercial purposes. They have also been affected.
“The construction work on Gautam Budh University and Kanshiram Multi-specilaity Hospital in Greater Noida has remained halted. The construction of Gautam Budh Nagar senior superintendent of police’s office has also been hit,” said an official.
Non-approval of the plan has led to massive revenue losses to the state government as well. The district treasury earned Rs. 150 crore from sale of stamp paper in January. The figure has come down to as low as Rs. 33 crore in June.
Similarly, the registration department, against a revenue target of R167 crore in April-May from Gautam Budh Nagar district, could achieve only Rs. 88 crore. Cities like Agra and Lucknow have during the same period achieved more than the targets set for them.