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Noida authority fast-tracks work on new administrative building

Work on this mega-budget project was started on January 1, 2016, with a deadline of January 2, 2019. However, work on the project was delayed due to the change in the government in the state in March 2017.

noida Updated: Jan 30, 2018 23:06 IST
Vinod Rajput
Vinod Rajput
Hindustan Times
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Noida, India - March 22, 2017: Biometric in Noida authority office, in Noida, India, on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Photo by Sunil Ghosh / Hindustan Times)(HT File)

The Noida authority on Tuesday has directed a private contractor — Pratibha Industries — to expedite work on the Rs478-crore administrative building project that is under construction in Sector 96. Work on the project is one year behind schedule.

Work on this mega-budget project was started on January 1, 2016, with a deadline of January 2, 2019. However, work on the project was delayed due to the change in the government in the state in March 2017.

In June 2017, then chief executive officer of the authority had put the project on hold due to a funds crunch. Now, the authority wants to complete this project without further delay.

“As of now, the contractor has deployed around 200 workers and increased the pace of work. We have directed the builder to increase the number of workers so that we can finish the project as per the schedule. We want to expedite it by one year,” Sandip Chandra, chief engineer of the Noida authority, said.

In 2009, the authority had planned a new building in Sector 44, along the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway but because of a legal dispute between farmers and the authority, no action was taken on the ground. The authority continues to run from its Sector 6 office, which lacks several facilities.

One of the major problems at its Sector 6 office is lack of parking space, not only for visitors but also the authority staff.

As per the revised plan, the authority planned to build two buildings, of 18 and 8 storeys, in Sector 96. The buildings will be eco-friendly and unique, officials said.

The 18-storey building will have a car park in the basement, with a capacity to accommodate 1,200 vehicles, officials said.

Currently, officials operate from a single two-storey building in Sector 6.

The contractor has completed construction of the basement in the smaller tower while work in the basement of the other tower is 75% complete. The contractor has also completed 25% construction work on the ground floor.

“I conducted an inspection of the project site on Tuesday and instructed the contractor to prepare a progress bar chart, detailing when particular works will be completed. Also, we will conduct a weekly progress review to put the project on fast track,” Chandra said.

Apart from this, Chandra has also decided to write to the departments concerned so that the budget estimate for horticulture, electrical, lift and air-conditioning work to be done in this building can be finalised.

“As soon as the estimates are made, the authority will start these works in this building. Once the progress bar chart is in place, we will make a timeline for each work to ensure that work gets completed on time,” Chandra said.

First Published: Jan 30, 2018 23:06 IST