GNIDA approves Metro line up to Greater Noida West
Greater Noida: In a major and much-awaited boost to the metro connectivity, the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) on Tuesday approved metro connectivity to Greater Noida West by connecting Noida Sector 71 to Knowledge Park-5 in Greater Noida.
GNIDA Chairman and Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh Government, Anup Chandra Pandey said, "Keeping in view the increasing population and demand for a better transport system, we have approved the phase-2 metro project from sector 71 to Knowledge Park-5 in Greater Noida.
There will be a total of nine stations on the route while the project will be carried out in two phases – five stations in the first phase and four stations in second. The Detailed Project Report (DPR) for the project has been approved by the government and we will kick-start the construction of first phase soon from sector 71 in Noida to sector 2 in Greater Noida West," he said.
The officer further said that the total cost for the proposed metro line has been estimated at Rs 2,602 crore of which, Rs 1,521 crore will be spent on the construction work in the first phase. Both Noida and Greater Noida authorities will bear the cost of the construction of the proposed metro line which will cover around 15-km.
"Since the proposed metro line would fall in both Noida and Greater Noida authority's jurisdictions, the authorities concerned would bear its construction cost based on the number of stations under their respective jurisdictions," added Pandey.
However, the officer did not comment on the commencement and completion date of the project.
The decision was taken in the authority's 113th board meeting held on Tuesday. Apart from this, the authority also launched a one-time scheme for the non functional industrial plots.
"Out of the total 2,496 industrial plots allotted till date, we have found that only 1,660 plots have been functional and industrial activities are being carried out on them. For the rest 836 plots, we have launched a scheme under which the allottee can deposit 30 per cent per square meter of the current circle rate in the authority as transfer fee and can sell the land if they do not wish to use the land for commercial activities," said Pandey.
The board also decided to shift a river, a portion of which is falling in between a major portion of land, in sector Ecotech-10 of Greater Noida which will add a land measuring 200 acres to the authority's land bank. Also, the board has proposed several schemes for institutional and IT parks in the region.
Among the other major decisions taken by the GNIDA board, a Central School at CISF camp in sector 1 of Greater Noida has also been approved by the board. The GNIDA board has also given an approval for the long pending demand of authority officials to implement the 7th pay commission for authority officials.
Apart from the chief secretary, GNIDA chief executive officer Narendra Bhooshan, Noida authority CCEO Alok Tandon, District Magistrate B N Singh and other senior officials were present in the meeting.