The Yamuna Expressway industrial development authority (Yeida) has got its eighth chief executive officer (CEO) in nearly four and half years. The state government appointed Arun Vir Singh as CEO of the authority on Wednesday evening. Singh had last month been made the additional CEO of Noida authority in a major bureaucratic shakeup in which 21 IAS officers were transferred.
Singh was first made Yeida CEO on October 29, 2015, after IAS officer Anil Garg was relieved from the post on October 21. He had been the additional CEO of Yeida since March 17 that year. Before that he was posted as additional commissioner of NCR Planning Board for a few months in 2014 and as additional commissioner (trade tax) in Noida for a month the same year.
Speaking on his latest appointment, he said, “I have received the orders and will now be taking charge as CEO of Yamuna expressway authority and additional CEO of Noida authority.”
The state government has now shifted six CEOs between March 2012 and August 2016. Senior IAS officer Sanjay Agarwal was the seventh CEO posted by the UP government on August 16. However, he could not join the office in Greater Noida as he was busy in other assignments at Lucknow. On the evening of August 17, the UP government abruptly appointed Arun Vir Singh as CEO.
According to officials, frequent transfers of CEOs are affecting developmental projects underway along the 165-km Yamuna expressway.
“By the time a new CEO draws a plan to resolve hurdles affecting development, he is transferred. As a result, crucial issues in the way of development have remained unresolved in the last four years,” said a Yeida official.
The Uttar Pradesh government had established Yeida on April 24, 2001, with an aim to build the Yamuna expressway and set up industries and develop urban areas falling along the 165-km route. The authority had proposed to acquire 54,000 hectares along the expressway to house 35 lakh people by 2031 as per its master plan. However, key issues related to property buyers, farmers’ compensation and debt on developers remain unresolved.
CEO Rama Raman tenure: 1 year
PC Gupta : 1.5 year
Santosh Yadav: 3 months
Anil Garg : 30 days
Arun Vir Singh: 8 months
Pravir Kumar : 30 days
Sanjay Agarwal: 1 day