Friday, 30 October 2015

Noida Authority vows to put developmental projects on fast track

A slew of projects are on their way to being fast tracked in Noida following a review meeting by Rama Raman Chairperson and CEO (CCEO) Noida Authority on October 29. Raman has directed that the under-construction multilevel car parking being built to provide respite from congestion in sector 18 be made functional by June 2016. Raman also directed is team of officials to complete the city's first elevated road along Master Plan-2 road by March next year. 
Speaking to officials Raman took a complete stock of important infrastructure projects, which are ongoing in Noida. "The engineering department provided status and progress report of the projects," said Saumya Srivastava, Deputy CEO, Noida Authority. "As per the CCEO's directions two important projects, multi-level car parking in sector 18, which will house more than 3000 vehicles will be functional by June next year," he said. "Another important project, which will provide respite to scores of vehicles from traffic gridlocks, will also be making operational by 2016," he added. "This elevated road is being constructed from Vishwa Bharti School (Sector 28) and link Shopprix Mall (Sector 61), with an exit at City Centre (Sector 32), Noida. The 4-lane, 6-km stretch will provide respite to thousands of commuters who travel to Delhi, Ghaziabad and Greater Noida," Srivastava said. 

Raman also directed officials to spruce up the city before Diwali and provide it with a festive look. "The Chairperson has directed that a joint drive be launched with immediate effect of all the work circles in the city, horticulture department and sanitation cell to dress up the city. Fresh coats of paint, green plantation and cleaning will be undertaken with a view to give Noida a festive look before the festival of Diwali," Srivastava explained. 

The CCEO also reviewed designs for Shaheed Bhagat Singh Park proposed in sector 150 and Nalgarah Shaheed Samarak in sector 145. "Some suggestions and amendments were outlined by the CCEO, which will soon be incorporated," the DCEO said. "He also viewed presentations for a handful of mobile apps for online water connections, cleanliness, online property, etc. All these apps are likely to be launched next week to make Noida e-governance friendly," he added.
Source: Magic Bricks

Green buildings to get 5% extra FAR free in UP

In order to encourage eco-friendly buildings, the government of Uttar Pradesh has decided to reward developers for such construction by giving them 5% extra floor-area ratio (FAR) for free. The government will allow 5% extra vertical construction for green building development in areas more than 5,000 sq metre without any extra tax. The demand for extra FAR had been made by the Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII).

Rupesh Singh, head of IGBC for UP said, "Development authorities charge a hefty sum from those builders who want to purchase an additional 5% FAR. After the new orders, if a building after construction is considered eco-friendly according to the Green Rating for Integrated Habitat Assessment (GRIHA) and Indian Green Council building norms, then the 5% additional FAR will be given for free."

Singh explained that a green building was not a product but a process that looks at site selection, right design, proper material use, energy and water efficiency and use of renewable resources. "A green building does not depend on electricity as it uses natural light. In construction, a green building does minimum damage to the environment as it does not exploit groundwater and uses prefabricated eco-friendly materials," he added.

The IGBC head also remarked that municipal corporations and other authorities should incentivize green buildings because they use less resources, thereby reducing pressure on civic services like water supply and garbage disposal.

According to state government orders issued to development authorites, green buildings after every five years will have to present green norms fulfillment certificate to the development authority. The orders also permit extra FAR for ongoing construction on fulfillment of green norms.

Wednesday, 28 October 2015

Noida to add 500 acres of green cover in 5 months

The city is all set to get greener. The Noida Authority has set a target of adding nearly 500 acres of green cover to the city in the current financial year. At present, the city's greenery is 18% of its total area, which will rise to 20% with the addition of the 500 acres.

Officials said work on 27 new parks has already begun this year. "We have allocated Rs 50 crore to increase the green cover. The budget allocation of the horticulture department has also been increased to maintain existing parks and green belts," Rama Raman, the chairperson and CEO of Noida Authority, told TOI on October 27.