The Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) has sought details of all the board meetings of NOIDA (the New Okhla
industrial development authority) since 1976. The CAG has sought details of all agendas that have been approved in the board meetings since 1976. We are providing all details sought by the CAG for audit purposes. Among the important decisions that the board has taken are sending Rs. 350 crore from Noida authority to cities in eastern Uttar Pradesh for their development, giving loans to other bodies such as Agra development authority, UP state industrial development corporation, the Greater Noida authority and the Yamuna Expressway industrial development authority. The audit is being conducted in Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway authorities. CAG will audit all accounts and transactions that take place in three authorities.
The project to build a skywalk to decongest one of Delhi’s busiest traffic junctions at ITO in central Delhi has been
delayed by at least two months.The Public Works Department (PWD) started construction work last year and set a
deadline for March 2018. However, the officials now say that the 615-metre- long skywalk may not open before May this year. At least 29,000 pedestrians cross the road at ITO every day. The skywalk will facilitate smooth movement of pedestrians, connecting Sikandra Road, Mathura Road, Tilak Marg and Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg with Pragati Maidan and ITO Metro stations and the Supreme Court.Currently, there is one foot overbridge on Vikas Marg at ITO. Also, there is a subway at ITO Metro station which is also used by the pedestrians across Vikas Marg, Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg and the DDU Marg. There is no FOB or subway at Pragati Maidan Metro Station, exposing pedestrians to safety risks and causing traffic jams.
Put on the back foot by the revival of the Supreme Court-monitored committee on sealing and demolition, the Delhi
Development Authority (DDA) is yet again seeking to sidestep the crisis through the regularisation route by tweaking the Delhi Master Plan. While the Authority is yet to justify such attempts before the apex court, the expiry of the current Master Plan in 2021 gives it an opportunity to hasten the redrafting exercise. The changing realities of Delhi may indeed require updating the Master Plan, but the current crisis was not caused by any lack of vision in planning. Instead, it is the persistent failure of the authorities to implement successive Master Plans since the 1960s that have created the urban mess in Delhi.
Realty developers’ bodies CREDAI CREDAI-MCHI and CREDAI Maharashtra have entered into two separate
agreements with the government of Maharashtra to develop over 9 lakh affordable houses across the state between 2018 and 2022 to support the government’s objective of ‘Housing For All by 2022’. Members of the developers’ body the Confederation of Real Estate Developers Association of India or CREDAI-MCHI will be building 2.5 lakh homes in Mumbai Metropolitan Region, while remaining 6.5 lakh homes will be constructed across rest of Maharashtra by the members of CREDAI Maharashtra.
The Maharashtra Housing and Area Development Authority’s (MHADA) Mumbai Repair and Reconstruction Board has will take over redevelopment projects of 165 buildings in island city which are not completed for more than 10 years or so. Last week minister of state for housing Ravindra Waikar chaired the meeting of MHADA officials and local MLAS and in the meeting it was decided that, MHADA will take over these projects and redevelop these buildings.
IIT Madras has been appointed the Indian coordinator for the 'Smart City' working group of Heritage Network, an Indo- European network of 20 higher education leading technical Institutions. The network, which coordinates for international projects on Smart Cities, collaborates on research and academic activities. A 'Smart City working group' was constituted during the 2nd General Assembly Meeting of the Heritage Network held earlier this month to formulate a workable action plan for the Heritage Network consortium. During this meeting, IIT Madras and IIT Kanpur were chosen as the Indian coordinators along with Universidad Politecnica de Madrid (UPM) and KTH Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, selected as the European coordinators.
While chief minister Devendra Fadnavis is expecting Rs 10 lakh crore investment during the three-day Magnetic
Maharashtra: Convergence 2018 Summit, the state has lost an investment of Rs 59,260 crore following withdrawal-
closure of 80 special economic zones. A top bureaucrat confirmed to TOI on Friday that in view of ups and downs in the market, out of the 147 SEZs approved by the Centre for the state, 80 proposals have either been withdrawn or de-notified.
Nearly 100 construction workers took out a rally from Kamla Nehru Park near Sadar Bazar till PWD minister Rao Narbir Singh’s residence on Friday morning to protest against mandatory online registration of workers. According to the protesters, many workers do not have means or knowledge for online registration and the state government should give them an option of offline registration, as well. “All workers’ benefits are linked to their registration cards. However, of late, workers are having trouble getting themselves registered or renewing their registrations as the process is online,” said Rajinder Singh, district secretary, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Gurgaon.
In a stern warning to those who keep objecting to redevelopment projects in the city, the Bombay high court slammed one set of such “incessant objectors” and barred them from society membership till final possession of the new flats in Wadala. This is the first such order where the court has directed that, though eligible for rehabilitation, a bunch of 30-odd former occupants from among nearly 250 in a row of chawls on a large tract of land in Wadala, cannot be made members of the cooperative housing society unless the project gets completed and everyone is handed possession of permanent new houses. It suggested that a new rule be formulated to deprive such “incessant objectors” from all benefits, including rehabilitation eligibility.