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UP tells Noida to zero in on 'top 5' projects

The Samajwadi Party (SP) government in Uttar Pradesh has made it clear that development of Noida is top priority for the party.

india Updated: Apr 11, 2012 21:19 IST
Darpan Singh
Darpan Singh
Hindustan Times

The Samajwadi Party (SP) government in Uttar Pradesh has made it clear that development of Noida is top priority for the party.

The state government has asked the Noida authority to provide a list of five development projects which are linked directly to the common man and need immediate attention from Lucknow as well as the local administration.

Authority officials said the focus would be on decongesting the national highway-24, a new bridge over the Yamuna for better Noida-Delhi connectivity, new Metro lines, a solid waste management plant, a modern sewage treatment plant, besides some flyover and underpass projects.

When Akhilesh replaced Mayawati as chief minister, there were apprehensions in certain quarters that Gautam Budh Nagar (home district of Bahujan Samaj Party chief and former CM Mayawati's home district) comprising Noida and Greater Noida would lose the special status.

That the three assembly seats in the district did not elect even a single SP candidate in the recent assembly elections fuelled such feelings.

The apprehensions further grew when all top officials of the Noida authority - replacements for chief executive officer and chairman are yet to come - and the police/civil administrations were changed and the government began a review of all of Mayawati's dream projects.

"But the new government clarified that electoral politics aside, there will not be any comprise with infrastructure development and quality of life in Noida," said a senior authority official.

The scene in Greater Noida is not much different. "The chief minister has sought a report on all stuck infrastructure development projects, especially the one for Metro expansion," said a Greater Noida authority official.

A Metro expansion has been planned from Noida to Greater Noida. A detailed project report (DPR) is also ready. "The new government has put the Greater Noida Metro project on top of its priority. Fund crunch would not be allowed to halt the project any more. If need be, we will seek assistance from the Noida authority," said authority CEO Rama Raman.

The new industrial development commissioner of Uttar Pradesh, Anil Kumar Gupta, also recently visited Noida and asked senior officials here to accelerate the pace of development. He met officials of all the three industrial development authorities in Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway and reviewed various development projects.

Areas of focus

--National highway 24: The link which touches Noida, Ghaziabad and takes motorists to Delhi, is highly congested and needs to be widened. Underpasses also need to be built.

--Construction of a bridge (addition of four lanes to the existing one) over the Yamuna. The Delhi-Noida connectivity project will be an alternative to DND toll flyway and will cost Rs 300 crore.

--The city generates 400 tones of waste every day but a solid waste management plant is yet to be put in place. Disposal has meant throwing garbage in vacant areas and pits.

--The Noida authority has planned to use a modern technology for treatment of sewage water. Now, there will not be emission of harmful gases such as methane.

--The focus will also be on building new flyovers, underpasses, besides adding green cover in the city.

First Published: Apr 11, 2012 21:18 IST