The state government has said halted housing projects in Noida Extension will resume in two months, allaying fears about the delay in approval of Greater Noida’s master plan 2021 by the NCR Planning Board.
The approval of the master plan is a precondition to the resumption of projects, which have remained stuck for about six months now.
Minister of state (CM protocol) Abhishek Mishra said, “We had sent the plan to the NCR board for approval. They returned the plan with their observations. But the observations reached us only a couple of days before I met NCR board officials in Delhi on March 22. Had we got the objections a little earlier, we would have addressed them and sent the plan back to the board for approval.”
The minister assured that the state government would address the objections within a month and after that the NCR board should clear the plan in another one month.
“We are planning for the future. Population density is a minor issue and will be taken care of. We’re committed to protecting the interests of homebuyers,” he said on Monday.
The board has said the current population is too low compared to the projected figures and a low density means massive acquisition of prime farmland. The board wants to ensure optimum utilisation of land.
Mishra also said the pace of industrial development would be accelerated in Noida and Greater Noida. “The last government did not set up factories. It built parks. We would set up industrial parks. Industries will mean employments, wealth creation and overall growth.”
The minister, however, said this did not mean the housing projects would be neglected. “Industrial development would be parallel activity. There will not be any sequencing. We are already in talks with existing industries. They have land. We’re asking them to expand,” he said.
Hearing a petition filed by flat buyers in Noida Extension who sought early resumption of the stuck housing projects, the Allahabad high court asked the NCR planning board last week to file a reply on the efforts to clear the plan. The court has also asked why the approval has taken so much time and how much more time is required for the same.
Buyers have said the high court had on October 21 last year said construction could start if the master plan was cleared by the NCR board but that has not happened. The NCR planning board has raised as many as 80 objections regarding the Uttar Pradesh government’s sub-regional plan which comprises several master plans such those for Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway.