NOIDA: A satellite city will soon come up on the outskirts of Noida. In a major policy decision, the state government on Friday gifted the Noida Authority some 80 villages, which were previously under the jurisdiction of the Uttar Pradesh State Industrial Development Authority (UPSIDA), for further expansion.
Though the Authority has 20,316 hectares under its jurisdiction, only a limited portion of land is currently left for further expansion. Hence, more land was being scouted by the Authority officials. However with no direct connect, the 80 villages — 60 in the neighbouring Bulandshahr district and 20 in Gautam Budh Nagar — will have to be developed like a satellite city, Authority officials said.
Located close to Dadri, most of the villages in Gautam Budh Nagar are situated at a distance of more than 40km from Mahamaya flyover while the ones in Bulandshahr are further away. CEO of Noida Authority, Ritu Maheshwari said, “Our area has been extended and we have been given the responsibility to shape up one of the most important investment regions of the state. It is a good step in future progress of the district.”
“To bridge the gap between the main city and satellite city, a wide expressway will be planned within a short span of time,” another official told TOI.
In fact, the state government brought these 80 villages under UPSIDA on August 29, 2017, and expected the agency to develop them. These villages were actually part of the Dadri-Noida-Ghaziabad Investment Region, a crucial destination to attract industrialists and entrepreneurs to the belt looking for land in UP close to the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor as well as the two dedicated freight corridors.
“But no development or infrastructure augmentation took place in these areas all this while. Without having supporting infrastructure in place, coming up with early bird schemes for national or international investors will not be easy. Hence a decision to hand over these villages to Noida was taken at a high-level meeting earlier this month,” said Alok Kumar, additional chief secretary of infrastructure and industrial development.
Since the existing Noida city does not share its border with the boundary of any of these 80 villages, they will have to be developed like a satellite city in the coming years. But instead of placing the land chunks under the Greater Noida Authority or Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority, senior officials felt it would be best to let the Noida Authority take their custody.
Given the responsibility to develop the Surajpur industrial site in the district, UPSIDA has failed to instil confidence among entrepreneurs about future prospects. Several industrial bodies and associations have been complaining to the government about poor conditions of roads, choked drains and poor infrastructure. In fact, in the past, GNIDA had made a pitch before the government to take over UPSIDA’s land.
Sources revealed that during the discussions before making the transition, UPSIDA officials were also taken on board before the proposal came up before UP industries minister. “Noida is saturated and needs land for further development. Expansion of the city cannot take place without more land banks. The Authority can consider ribbon development and improve the condition of the villages,” said UPSIDA CEO Mayur Maheshwari.
Resident of Khandera village, Vinod Anand (30) was extremely excited to hear the news. “If our area gets Noida-like infrastructure, local business will boom and more opportunities will be available for the youth.”