GREATER NOIDA: The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) has put aside Rs 7,005 crore for a slew of development projects. While Rs 550 crore has been reserved for improving connectivity of the city with Delhi and the NCR, another Rs 150 crore will be used to make Greater Noida eco-friendly.
The Noida Authority on Monday announced the setting up of the Noida Metro Rail Corporation (NMRC) as a special purpose vehicle to facilitate the construction of a proposed Metro line between Noida and Greater Noida. The Metro line, first mentioned in January, will be constructed without DMRC’s help, and is an initiative of the Noida and Greater Noida Authority.
Six Senses Spa, set at Jaypee Greens Golf & Spa Resort in Greater Noida, has won the Most Luxurious Spa Resort award at the 6th GeoSpa AsiaSpa India Awards, recently held at The Kingdom of Dreams, Gurgaon. The Six Senses Spa, a unit of the globally renowned Six Senses Spa (Thailand), is the first Six Senses Spa in India. The Spa is known for its holistic therapies administered by professionals. Its menu features nurturing and soothing treatments, result-oriented therapies and personalised programmes that are administered under the guidance of expert therapists, a release stated.
GREATER NOIDA: The city will finally get its own sewage treatment plant (STP) as construction of the first 146MLD unit has been completed. The plant is expected to become functional by next week. Constructed at a cost of Rs 500 crore, the STP is based on the modern Sequencing Batch Reactor (SBR) technology and the Authority will use the treated water for irrigation and construction purposes.
Though Greater Noida was formed in 1991, the city is yet to get a sewage treatment plant. Till a few years ago, all untreated waste was being discharged into the Hindon River. The Authority has of late been treating this discharged waste with chemical oxidation, an extremely slow process.
While work on the sewage plant had begun over three years ago, the authorities had to halt the work for almost a year following an Allahabad high court order restricting all development work in the city till the Master Plan 2021 was cleared by the NCR Planning Board.
“Due to planned development all sectors in the city have been provided with underground sewerage, but even after 20 years no STPs could be constructed. However, the new plant is finally ready and will become operational in the next few days. The installation of the state-of-the-art plant will not only guarantee a clean environment, ensure better quality of treated water and stop the use of groundwater for irrigation, but will also prevent further pollution of the Hindon to a great extent,” an official said.
The Authority has also notified seven more STPs with upgraded technology at various spots across the city and all the new units have also been notified in the improvised Master Plan 2021.
The Authority has now proposed to become a ‘zero discharge city’ by 2021. The proposed STPs that will treat 414MLD of waste will come up at Phase-II, Ecotech 6, Tech Zone, Ecotech 2, Sector 1, Ecotech 3 and Kasna.
“The population of Greater Noida is constantly increasing. Besides the new development projects will result in additional population. Keeping this in mind, the new STPs are being developed. The new plants will take care of the sewer problem for the next 20 years and can serve a population of 25 lakh,” the Authority official said.
LUCKNOW: Taking up for the transport blues of the state’s Western parts, chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Wednesday requested the Centre’s immediate intervention in expediting the extension of the metro rail project in UP’s NCR.
Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has requested the Centre to approve the projects that would enable extension of the Delhi metro rail service to areas of Uttar Pradesh.
NOIDA: Almost four months after Noida Authority assigned the Central Road Research Institute (CRRI) the task of conducting a safety audit of the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway, the report is scheduled to be submitted by May 15. Officials said, taking into account the frequent accidents on the expressway many of which have been fatal, the survey has focused on several infrastructural and safety lapses.
The CRRI report would also help in identifying black spots on the expressway and suggest means to rectify the accident-prone areas to bring down the accident rate on the 24km stretch. The audit report will try to find the deficient safety measures in design implementation of the expressway. “The audit report is being prepared not only because of the accidents but to obtain an expert opinion on the safety design. No matter how good a design is, there will be deficiencies and we want to rectify these,” said Rajeev Yadav, chief project engineer, Noida Authority.
According to officials, besides giving a quality certification of the expressway, CRRI will also provide corrective measures for each of the detected flaws as well as additional suggestion wherever required. “Once we receive the report from CRRI, changes to make the expressway safe for commuters will be implemented,” Yadav said.
In the past four months, faults relating to the curvatures, shoulder width, crash barriers and signages have also been surveyed by CRRI. The agency also gathered data from secondary sources and an analysis is on. The existing design of the central verge, entry/exit points, safety and emergency measures, foot overbridges, etc have also been on the institute’s scanner.
“The number of vehicles using the expressway keeps increasing every year and there is a need to make changes accordingly and to identify and evaluate infrastructure-related problems. With CRRI’s assistance, we will inspect and upgrade the expressway as well as educate people on traffic discipline,” Yadav added.
Since its inception in 2002, the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway has been the site of hundreds of deaths. In the past six months alone, nearly 20 people have lost their lives while about 50 have been left injured. Authority officials have also proposed to implement an Intelligent Transport System which aims to control incidents of over-speeding, fatal accidents and traffic congestion.
Key features of the ITS would be a control room, emergency call box, message signboards, CCTV, speed cameras, VIDS camera and meteorological data system.
GREATER NOIDA: The Centre, particularly the Congress leadership, was all praises for the development in and around Noida and Greater Noida at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) summit.
Finance minister P Chidambaram said the Greater Noida expressway was illustrative of India’s commitment towards creating world-class infrastructure. Planning commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia held up the Noida Expo Centre as an example of infrastructure growth with the help of private partnership in the country.
What was surprising that none of the UPA leaders, including PM Manmohan Singh, attending the conference talked about UP. They referred to the summit venue as part of the NCR. Chidambaram, who spoke at the India Day event organized by industry body FICCI, on Friday said the venue located kilometres away from Delhi is linked by the world-class Greater Noida e-way.
On Sunday, Ahluwalia called the attention of the global investors to the strides made by the country in the infrastructure front. The Centre’s appreciation of Noida’s infrastructure comes about two years after Congress leader Rahul Gandhi lashed out at then Mayawati government for dispossessing farmers of their land in this region for infrastructure projects like Yamuna Expressway. Even the work for Greater Noida Expo Centre had started during the Mayawati regime. The land, originally meant for agricultural use, was allotted to the organization that built the complex at a very reasonable rate.
Dignitaries from 67 countries — ministers, industrialists and policy makers — have been in Greater Noida since May 2 as part of the 46th ADB summit being held at the India Expo Centre. And they have seen a much better maintained Noida, compared to what it is on a regular day.
Greater Noida is emerging as the new conference hub, thanks to lack of similar facilities in theNational Capital Region (NCR). The India Expo Centre & Mart, where around 5,000 delegates are meeting for the 46th Asian Development Bank annual meeting, is booked for the next two years. The list of events lined up for 2013 and next year include several big-ticket ones like Auto Expo, Petrotech and Indian Handicraft and Gift Fare, which is Asia’s largest event in this segment.