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Board to end Greater Noida uncertainty

Revised G Noida Master Plan to be cleared in next 10 days

Revised G Noida Master Plan to be cleared in next 10 days

The final hurdle to resumption of construction activity in Greater Noida,which has come to a standstill nearly eight months ago following an Allahabad High Court order,could be cleared within the next 10 days,officials said on Wednesday.

A senior official of the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) said the board could clear the Greater Noida Master Plan 2021 in the next 10 days,or maybe a week,since its technical sub-committee has already approved it last month.

“The master plan submitted to us has been revised. A detailed analytical exercise was done to make sure it’s an environmentally sustainable plan,” the official said.

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At least 20,000 home buyers,who have invested in upcoming projects in Greater Noida,have been awaiting the board’s final clearance ever since the Allahabad High Court directed the Greater Noida Authority to stop construction activities until the NCRPB cleared the master plan.

The changes in the master plan’s draft comprise inclusion of transport networks,including the regional rapid transit system (RRTS) corridor from Ghaziabad to Khujra along the Aligarh railway line.

“The provision of feeder link between the eastern and western freight corridors has been incorporated in the plan. The proposed link from Eastern Peripheral Expressway has been put in,besides the New Expressway (Green Field) from Ghaziabad to Dadri,the Mass Rapid Transit System from Greater Noida to Jewar and the Yamuna Expressway,” the official said.

Earlier,a light rail transit (LRT) was proposed to connect Noida with Greater Noida. Instead,a Metro system has been incorporated in the master plan.

It has been clarified that minimum green area,that is 16 per cent (3,580 hectares) of the total urbanisable area (22255 hectares),should be preserved. This cannot be subjected to any land use change in the future.

The proposed “future urbanisable zone adjacent to Greater Noida and its boundary have been deleted along with the location shown for the high-tech cities”,an official said.

The original master plan says the population density would be kept at 54 persons per hectare,but the revised plan would take into account figures from the Regional Plan-2021.

To ensure better supervision and implementation of the regional plan,the NCRPB has commissioned a study to get comprehensive satellite data for the National Capital Region (NCR).

An NCRPB official said: “The Hyderabad-based National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC) will carry out satellite mapping of the area,covering 16 districts and four sub-regions. The data will help us revise the sub-regional plans and regional plan.”

The study would analyse the changes in the NCR’s landscape from 1999 to 2012. The agency is expected to submit its final report within six months.

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The NCRB said ensuring proper maintenance of green cover would be given prominence during the review process of the regional plan. “The Forest Survey of India’s report for 2009 and 2011 suggests that Delhi’s green cover has marginally decreased. But the NCR registered an increase in forest cover from 6.11 per cent in 2009 to 6.14 per cent in 2011,” the official said.