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Authorities need only UP government nod to change master plan

The Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities will now seek only the UP government’s approval for changes to the master plan instead of national capital region planning board (NCRPB), a UP government order stated.

noida Updated: Sep 03, 2016 23:23 IST
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Noida officials said that the NCR planning board does not have the mandate to approve or change the master plan.
Noida officials said that the NCR planning board does not have the mandate to approve or change the master plan. (HT File)

The Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities will now seek only the UP government’s approval for changes to the master plan instead of National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB), a UP government order stated.

“In 1997, the UP government had issued a notification that if Noida, Greater Noida or other cities falling in the National Capital Region needed to make changes to the master plan, final approval of NCRPB has to be obtained. But, in August, the UP government issued a fresh notification stating that UP government will approve changes to master plans for UP cities falling in NCR,” Deepak Agarwal, chief executive officer of the Greater Noida authority, said.

NCRPB is a body in Delhi, created by Central government under NCRPB Act-1985, which was made to decongest Delhi and ensure planned urbanisation in cities located on Delhi’s periphery.

NCRPB draws regional plans (a detailed blueprint for urbanisation) in areas (Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad, Bulandshahr, Meerut and Gurgaon etc) around Delhi. Subsequently, the local authority such as Noida or Greater Noida draws a master plan that should be in conformity with NCRPB’s regional plan.

“NCRPB needs to monitor urbanisation in NCR, once in five years, to check whether the master plan conforms to the regional plan. But it does not have the mandate to approve or disapprove our master plan or the changes. UP government is empowered to approve or disapprove changes that we need to make to our master plan,” SC Gaur, chief architect and town planner of the Noida authority, said.

However, Noida-based social activist Raghuraj Singh, who has filed a petition in Allahabad high court over the NCRPB issue, said that the UP government has no power to approve or disapprove a master plan in NCR.

“All state authorities including those of Greater Noida or Ghaziabad have been brazenly violating NCRPB Act-1985 in order to acquire agricultural land and change land use. As a result, Delhi and its adjoining cities such as Noida or Gurgaon are bursting at seams owing to unplanned urbanisation,” Singh, the petitioner, said.

He said that the population density in Delhi-NCR is unbalanced due to the violation of NCRPB Act.

“We will challenge the UP government’s claim that instead of NCRPB, UP will approve changes in master plan. Following our petition, Allahabad high court on June 21, 2016, directed NCRPB to take action on land use violations in Noida and Ghaziabad. NCRPB has to take action against UP government on land use violations by September 11,” Singh said.

Following Singh’s petition on June 21, 2014, Delhi high court had also ordered that the NCRPB Act-1985 be followed for planned urbanisation.