The Noida authority held its 190th board meeting on Friday and cleared a proposal to immediately provide funds of Rs. 5 crore to start operations of the much-awaited city bus service between Noida and Greater Noida.
However, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC), which is supposed to start the city bus service, is yet to finalise an official date for the facility to begin.
“Some additional facilities, including bus shelters and depots for the city bus service, are yet to be completed. Once that is done, the service will be launched within a week. If all is in place, the service may be started before November 15,” said Santosh Yadav, managing director, NMRC.
In their respective board meetings, the Noida and Greater Noida boards also decided to hand over land along the 30-km under-construction Noida to Greater Noida metro corridor to NMRC for property development and parking spaces.
In addition, the Noida board meeting also approved a proposal that allows children of Noida farmers whose lands have been acquired by the government to get 20% reserved seats in private schools. A 25% rebate in fees is also on the cards for the farmers’ children.
On the recommendation of the district magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, two children from economically weaker sections will also be nominated to receive a 50% rebate in fees. Apart from this, reservation of 10% of beds in private hospitals, along with a rebate in medical fees in OPD and treatment, has also been approved for farmers.
“Farmers who gave their land for development of Noida and Greater Noida have the rights to these facilities. Therefore, I had written to the two authorities to ensure that farmers’ children get these benefits,” said NP Singh, district magistrate, Gautam Budh Nagar.
A similar policy is already being implemented in Greater Noida.
In its meeting on Friday, the Greater Noida board also hiked rates of land falling in the Noida-Greater Noida metro influence zone in Greater Noida. This zone will extend to one kilometre on either side of the metro track. While the land rates across all categories in this zone will be enhanced by 10% from the existing rates, land transfer charges across the city will be increased by 2%.
There is no corresponding hike in land rates in Noida and Yamuna Expressway areas, officials said.