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.