The new chairman of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna expressway authorities, Sanjay Agarwal, will operate from Lucknow and not from any of these three areas. He took over as chairman of these authorities in Lucknow on Tuesday itself, but could not join the office in Gautam Budh Nagar due to other assignments.
Agarwal, who is a 1984-batch IAS officer, is already working as principal secretary (power) and chairman of UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL). On August 16, the state government gave him additional charge of chairman of the three authorities. The government also appointed him the chief executive officer (CEO) of Yamuna Expressway industrial development authority (Yeida), but replaced him with Arun Vir Singh the next day.
According to officials, Agarwal has been given only the chairman’s charge as he will be busy in Lucknow with other assignments.
“The chairman generally attends board meetings of the three authorities where important policy decisions for development are taken. He will be attending the board meetings whenever we have one for taking policy decisions,” said Arun Vir Singh.
According to officials, Agarwal is expected to visit Noida on Friday to meet officials.
“As chairman, he will keep guiding the three authorities from Lucknow. Many meetings of these bodies take place in Lucknow as well so he will always be available there. As chairman he can take up important projects with the UP government easily in Lucknow itself,” said an official of the Greater Noida authority.
The board of an authority is a committee of many top officials that is headed by the chairman. It takes all policy decisions related to land acquisition, rules for builders, infrastructure project approvals and industrial schemes, among others.
Earlier Rama Raman, who is the current CEO of Noida authority, was the chairman of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities. However, on July 1, the Allahabad high court asked the state government to remove him following a petition questioning his stay at the chairman’s post for a long period.