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Senior Correspondent, Hindustan Times. Reports on district administration, health, civic issues, and environmental concerns in Noida and Greater Noida. Graduated from MJP Rohilkhand University in 2015 and started career in journalism in 2016, at The Times of India, UP West (Bareilly, Rampur, Moradabad and Sambhal) where reported on a range of issues including crime and politics till November 2021. Working with Hindustan Times since June, 2023.

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GNIDA’s nod to planting 30k saplings around ponds

The water bodies identified for plantation exercise are located in Sadullapur, Khedi, Vaidpura, Sheorajpur, Kailashpur and Sunpura

Local environmental activists said they had held talks with the authority officials to protect the water bodies from encroachments and ensure their rejuvenation. (HT Photo)
Updated on Mar 02, 2024 06:38 AM IST

Noida to set up power substations in 9 sectors to cater to power demand

Looking at the increasing power demand and considering the problem of overloading, power substations have been planned at nine places—sectors 45, 75, 78, 145, 151, 155, 156, 162 and 164

According to the information from the power discom Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (PVVNL), around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>10-12 crore is spent in setting up a single substation and its capacity varies depending upon the area and the number of households it would cater to. (HT Photo)
Published on Feb 29, 2024 11:49 PM IST
By, Noida

Pvt hospital nurses help woman deliver baby on road in Greater Noida

According to hospital authorities, Renu Devi phoned her colleague Jyoti and asked her to reach there and help deliver the woman of the baby. Both Roshni and her newborn girl were later rushed to Sharda Hospital for further treatment

New mother Roshini Sharma with the nurses who helped deliver her baby and the hospital staff of Sharda Hospital. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 05:14 AM IST
By, Greater Noida

Noida Sec 51 residents demand equal access to recreational club

The facility was a longstanding demand of the area’s residents due to absence of a space for organising events or other activities

Residents Welfare Association (from Sector 51) has underlined that the club is in proximity to their sector. Hence, it must cater to maximum residents with uniform membership fees for all. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 28, 2024 05:06 AM IST

Noida: Sector 50 residents get new recreational club built on 4.5 acres

Noida authority chief executive officer Lokesh M said while the newly opened facility will benefit residents by enabling them to organise community programmes and cultural events at the club

The facilities at the newly opened club include a party hall, kitchen, restaurant, cards room, gym, office, and garden area. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 27, 2024 06:34 AM IST
By, Noida

20 automobile centres sent notices over untreated waste

The authorities planned to launch the crackdown on defaulting units also after residents complained of chocking of sewers and drains

20 automobile centres sent notices over untreated waste
Updated on Feb 26, 2024 06:18 AM IST

Residents cry foul over poor upkeep of parks in Noida Sector 51

Horticulture officials, however, said various works are being carried out to make the residential areas better in Noida

Sanjeev Kumar, general secretary, Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations, agreed the condition of parks is abysmal, even the basic cleaning work is irregular. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 24, 2024 06:36 AM IST

Noida: Ganga panel seeks action against encroachments on floodplains

Gautam Budh Nagar Ganga committee calls for action against floodplain encroachments in Noida area, demands pollution-free water bodies and phytoremediation.

In order to ensure compliance, fresh instructions have been given to the authorities of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway to launch crackdown on such establishments and erring people in their respective jurisdictions. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 22, 2024 06:12 AM IST
By, Noida

Residents demand power infrastructure be mended before summer

Unsecured electric panel boxes pose a danger to the passersby and schoolchildren in Sector 28, residents said

Officials at power distribution company, PVVNL, Noida, said that the discom is working on the repair work in different parts of the city and the issues raised will also be addressed (REUTERS/representational image)
Updated on Feb 21, 2024 06:56 AM IST

Power discom gives 5.50 cr proposal to raise power capacity in Noida

The PVVNL had earlier proposed works to boost electricity infrastructure in Noida at a cost of ₹122 crore under centre government-funded scheme RDSS

The discom PVVNL has estimated it may cost around <span class='webrupee'>₹</span>5.50 crore to enhance the capacity, and set up new transformers (Sakib Ali/HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 19, 2024 06:04 AM IST

Noida: Discom to remove dangling overhead cables in Sector 26

Residents of the densely populated area have complained for a long time about the hanging cables that are in a dilapidated state and pose a risk to commuters

Greater Noida, India - October 09, 2015: A lineman repairing electricity cable, in Greater Noida, India, on Friday, October 09, 2015. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times) (HT Archive/representational image)
Published on Feb 17, 2024 10:39 PM IST
By, Noida

No power supply to establishments developed on GNIDA’s land

According to authority’s officials, the decision aims to tighten the noose against illegal encroachments that have come up in Greater Noida

Officials said the power connections will be granted by the power discoms post-approval from the authority on the applications for power connections. (HT Archive)
Updated on Feb 14, 2024 06:44 AM IST

De-addiction centre comes up at Noida district hospital

The dedicated facility will focus on regular counselling of patients while creating awareness about the ill-effects of substance abuse

De-addiction centre comes up at Noida district hospital
Updated on Feb 09, 2024 06:02 AM IST
By, Noida

All village household to be connected to sewer lines, Greater Noida tells NGT

The joint committee report, produced by the GNIDA in NGT, has said that the authority is working to achieve 100% result so that sewage generated by pre-existing villages (existing before the constitution of GNIDA) is not thrown in the open, or drains, ponds, or protected areas

This was stated in a report submitted to the National Green Tribunal, which is hearing a plea by a resident who alleged that 93 villages were disposing of their sewage in the open. (HT Photo)
Updated on Feb 06, 2024 07:14 AM IST
By, Greater Noida

Now, get birth certificates at govt hospitals after delivery in Noida

Parents in Gautam Budh Nagar can now obtain birth certificates for their newborns immediately after delivery, thanks to a new initiative by the district administration. The certificates are being issued at government health facilities to streamline the process and make it more efficient for parents. This move is part of the government's efforts to integrate digital technology into birth registration systems and make the process hassle-free for families. Birth certificates are essential for various official documents and serve as proof of identity, age, and Indian citizenship.

The Gautam Budh Nagar health department has started issuing birth certificates of the newborns soon after the delivery, at the government health facilities in the district. (HT)
Updated on Feb 04, 2024 06:08 AM IST

Environment ministry orders probe into ‘vanishing trees’ at Surajpur wetland

Activist Tongad had written to environment minister about vanishing trees and alleged discharge of ‘effluents’ into Greater Noida’s Surajpur Wetland

Spread over 308 hectares, of which 60 hectares is a lake, the Surajpur Wetland is city’s largest reserve forest and one of three major birding hot spots. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 23, 2024 05:58 AM IST

School to start at 10am for students up to class 8 from Jan 18 amid dense fog, chilly weather

The order, issued to the district basic education department came in the light of the cold wave like conditions gripping the National Capital Region (NCR). Notably, government schools in the district usually function from 9am to 3pm during winters

A hazy view of the Noida skyline on Wednesday morning owing to the dense fog and chilly conditions. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 10:28 PM IST
By, Noida

Now, get ‘digital’ MLCs at Noida district hospital

On an average, 30 such cases are reported every month at the hospital in which the certificate has to be mandatorily issued for legal proceedings like first information report (FIR) registration, said officials

Earlier, the MLCs were being issued manually, requiring the doctors to make clarifications in the reports (in case) in person, in the court. But according to doctors, this is not the case anymore due to the digitalised process. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 17, 2024 07:02 AM IST
By, Noida

IMD forecast cold wave, dense fog on Tuesday in Noida

According to the IMD forecast, the minimum temperature in the district is likely to continue to hover around 5°C and maximum temperature between 18 and 19°C in the coming days

New Delhi , India - January 15 2024: A view of Yamuna Khadar near Mayur Vihar on a cold and foggy morning in New Delhi , India on Monday, January 15 2024. (Photo by Sakib Ali /Hindustan Times)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 05:38 AM IST

Special ‘lok Adalat’ for 3 days for power consumers’ grievance redressal

The Uttar Pradesh State Legal Services Authority will hold a special 'lok adalat' from January 29 to 31 to address grievances of power consumers, including disputes over power theft and outstanding bills. The lok adalat offers an alternative dispute resolution mechanism for consumers to settle their cases. The Uttar Pradesh government has been implementing measures to improve electricity services and combat power theft, with penalties totaling INR 51.47 crore ($6.9 million) imposed in Greater Noida since April 2022.

Power discom officials appealed to consumers across Greater Noida, with long-pending electricity disputes, to come to the District Court in Surajpur on January 29, 30, and 31, and resolve their cases from 3 p.m. onward on these days. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 16, 2024 05:34 AM IST

GB Nagar admin seek citizens’ help to prevent liquor smuggling

According to the district excise department, only a single opened bottle of liquor from another state is permitted to brought into Uttar Pradesh. Anything more than that would invite a penalty of ₹ 5,000

Officials also informed that the identity of the informer/complainant shall be kept confidential by the authorities. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 14, 2024 05:34 AM IST
By, Noida

At 4.6°C, GB Nagar records season’s lowest temperature on Saturday

The weatherman has predicted similar weather conditions for the coming few days with the minimum temperature hovering around 4°C till January 15 and rising to 5-6°C thereafter

It is expected that both the minimum and maximum temperature will further drop within the next 24 hours, leading to cold-wave like conditions in parts of Delhi-NCR, said private weather channel Skymet. (Sunil Ghish/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 14, 2024 05:18 AM IST
By, Noida

GB Nagar admin to publish revised electoral rolls by Jan 22

Between October, 2023 to January 9, 2024, the district administration has received a total of 60,790 applications for new voter ID cards and of these, 52,914 have been found to be valid

52,914 applications are under process for voters’ enrolment and ID cards of these voters will soon be dispatched. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 05:22 AM IST

Authority officials, DM to appear before NGT on Jan 17 to furnish status of water bodies

The NGT summoned the officials while hearing a petition filed by a local resident demanding protection of water bodies of Gautam Budh Nagar from encroachment, their restoration and management

Abshisht Kusum Gupta, the petitioner, filed a plea in February 2022, apprising the tribunal about the deteriorating condition of water bodies such as ponds in the district and sought their rejuvenation, restoration, removal of encroachments. (HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 13, 2024 05:00 AM IST
By, Noida

Trees disappearing from Surajpur wetland, waste discharge blamed

The illegal activity has resulted in the destruction of the biodiversity of the wetland, which is a haven for winter migratory birds, environmentalists alleged

Spread over 308 hectares, of which 60 hectares is a lake, the wetland is city’s largest reserve forest and one of three major birding hot spots, the others being Okhla Bird Sanctuary and Dhanauri wetland. (HT Archive)
Updated on Jan 10, 2024 05:58 AM IST
By, Greater Noida

Schools shut for students up to class 8 in Gautam Budh Nagar till January 14

Schools in Noida and Greater Noida will remain closed for students up to class 8 until January 14 due to foggy weather and cold wave.

HT Image
Updated on Jan 07, 2024 05:10 AM IST

28 Greater Noida societies get notice over non-functional sewage plants

28 residential societies in Greater Noida have been served notices for not adhering to sewage treatment standards, leading to untreated sewage discharges. The societies have been asked to make their sewage treatment plants operational or functional. They have one week to respond.

HT Image
Updated on Jan 05, 2024 07:08 AM IST

Power arrears clearance scheme extended till Jan 16 in Noida

Officials at Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited urged consumers to avail the scheme and settle their dues to avoid punitive action

HT Image
Updated on Jan 05, 2024 06:52 AM IST

AQI slightly better in Ghaziabad but worse in Gautam Budh Nagar

The data show that the pollution levels in Ghaziabad improved, with majority of the days in 2023 witnessing “moderate” and “poor” category

Haze in Noida on Tuesday. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Updated on Jan 03, 2024 06:38 AM IST
By, , Ghaziabad/noida/greater Noida

Shopkeeper booked after 20 people fall ill after eating samosas in Greater Noida

The teachers who fell ill were admitted to Government Institute of Medical Sciences (GIMS), Kasna, where they were diagnosed with food poisoning

The samosas were allegedly stale, according to the police officers. (HT)
Published on Jan 02, 2024 06:16 PM IST
By, Greater Noida
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