More than a year after Akhilesh Yadav was sworn-in as the Uttar Pradesh chief minister, the young leader is all set to unveil mega projects worth Rs. 5,000 crore for Noida and Greater Noida on April 2.
All top officials of Noida and Greater Noida authorities are heading to state capital Lucknow for preparations.
The move will go down a long way in allaying the apprehensions of certain sections which thought the Samajwadi Party (SP) would neglect Noida on the development front since it was Mayawati’s stronghold.
Officials involved in the inauguration event said projects worth Rs. 3,500 crore would be launched in Noida alone.
“The CM would inaugurate about 14 mega projects for Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities. These projects are very important for the development of these three areas,” said Noida authority chief executive officer (CEO) Rama Raman.
“We have completed the detailed project reports (DPR) of Noida underpasses and will start construction right after the inauguration. Besides, sections of the medical university in Greater Noida and pediatric institute would become operational this year only,” the Noida authority CEO added.
Residents feel the SP government has failed on all fronts — be it law and order or development — in last one year of its regime.
Aayush Chauhan, a resident of Sector 53, attributed the sudden spurt in development projects to the volatile political environment at the Centre.
“The general elections can happen anytime this year, the CM is playing the development card to woo voters by launching more than a dozen projects. It remains to be seen if the work would begin on these projects on the ground or not,” said Chauhan.
Officials, however, maintained that Noida will witness unprecedented development in the next four years.
“The UP government wants to develop Noida as an international city with the best of facilities and infrastructure. People will be able to notice the changes soon,” said an authority official.