NOIDA is committed to all-round development, says CEO Rama Raman

NOIDA is committed to all-round development, says CEO Rama Raman

By OUR CORRESPONDENT | NOIDA | 13 February, 2016
(L-R) Rama Raman, CEO, New Okhla Industrial Development Authority & Saumaya Srivastava, Deputy CEO, Noida Authority
According to Raman, the integrated industrial township has state-of-the-art facilities, whether it be for water supply, sewage treatment or solid waste management.

Under the dynamic vision of its CEO Rama Raman, the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority or NOIDA, an integrated industrial township, has come a long way since its inception and now is one of the favourite hotspots for corporates to invest. NOIDA has shown that it has got state-of-the-art facilities, whether it be for water supply, sewage treatment, solid waste management and a host of other modern amenities. In this connection, The Sunday Guardian also spoke to Saumaya Srivastava, Deputy CEO of the NOIDA Authority.

Raman told The Sunday Guardian that to meet the increasing water requirement of the city, steps are being taken to have 100% of Ganga water supply in Noida City. “Besides this, a further 90 MLD ‘Gangajal project’ has been initiated and will be completed by 2017,” he said.

As regards power supply, Raman said that present electricity demand in Noida is 900MW. Keeping in mind the future demand, 87 electric stations are energised and 33/11 KV sub-stations have been proposed for construction which will tackle the ever increasing demand for power,” Raman said.

In any modern city, there are bound to be congestions and bottlenecks owing to the ever increasing volume of traffic. Noida Authority has proposed to construct flyovers, underpasses, elevated roads and bridges on some segments as per a traffic study. Raman said there are 10 major projects coming up. “Among the major ones are the construction of an elevated road on MP- 1, the road from Vishwa Bharti School to Shoprix Mall (sector 61); a elevated road from sector 10 to 56; construction of an underpass in sector 93-94; an elevated road from sector 49 to the NEPZ; and also a bridge parallel to the Yamuna Bridge connecting to the Okhla bridge near Kalindi Kunj,” Raman said.

Noida Authority is committed to providing good education to all, including the weaker sections of the society. Keeping this in mind, an exclusive hostel for the girls belonging to the SC/ST has been built in sector 62.  Noida also boasts of some of the leading names in the education field. “We have some of the country’s leading educational names like Amity, DPS, Apeejay, Ryan, Lotus Valley, Genesis, Manav Rachna, among others. I must also add here that a degree college for girls has been sanctioned by the UP government, is also operational,” said Raman.

"We are working on a project which aims at developing the river fronts of both the Yamuna river and the Hindon river"

For any modern city, the quality of sports infrastructure reflects on the city’s progress or otherwise. Noida has plans to have integrated sports facilities. “We are coming up with a cricket stadium in Sector 21A. The stadium, which has a capacity to accommodate 25,000 spectators, will be host to most of the inter city cricket matches. The stadium, which will cost approximately Rs 84.15 crore, is close to completion and we intend to throw it open to the public by March this year,” said Raman.

Similarly, a world-class indoor sporting stadium is also envisaged in sector 21-A. This stadium will have facilities for badminton, handball, basketball, volleyball and weightlifting. “We are also going to come up with a shooting range, something which Noida lacks right now,” said Raman. “The shooting range will have 15 stations of 25m rifle range on the ground floor and 33 stations of 10m range on the first floor. This project is likely to be completed by the end of this year,” he added.

River front development is also a sector where Noida Authority is working on a project to develop the Yamuna River and Hindon River. “We are working on a project which aims at developing the river front of Hindon. We are taking steps towards this on the lines of the river development done at the Sabarmati River front in Gujarat. To do this, a group of experts from Noida Authority recently visited the Sabarmati River and we also had talks with the officials there,” said Raman.

Transportation is a key factor to judge the growth index of a city. On this parameter, too, Noida has all the right requirements. According to Saumaya Srivastava, Deputy CEO, Noida Authority, “around 100 low-floor AC buses will be plying on the city roads and will be providing seamless connectivity with the Metro through a grid operation.” Srivastava said: “We hope to have a modern intelligence transport system that will ensure real-time information of Expected Time of Arrival (ETA) of the next bus at shelters. Apart from this, there will be a user-friendly mobile app which will assist in planning journeys and also provide the seat availability in each upcoming bus.” Work is also in progress on a novel method of integrating the Metro and the buses. This will be done through a single card which can be used in the buses, Metro and parking. “Also, in an attempt to provide safety to women, all the buses will have alarm systems and cameras. Apart from this, we have proposed having a state-of-the-art bus station and an ISBT terminus in Sector 144,” Srivastava.

As regards Metro connectivity, currently Noida has an excellent connectivity with Delhi. Apart from this, in an attempt to give Noida a direct connection to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, a line linking Botanical Garden to Kalandi Kunj is coming up. “Also, we have proposed to have another Metro corridor from Nodia sector 71 to Greater Noida, keeping the demand of the growing population,” Srivastava said.

As regards hospitals, multi-specialty hospitals are the order of the day. “Keeping this in mind, a 200-bed multispecialty hospital is coming up in sector 39. Besides this, we are going to upgrade the existing hospital in sector 30 into a super-specialty one and it will also house a post-graduate pediatric college like the ones in the US and Europe,” Srivastava said.

The parks are often referred to as the “Green Lungs” of a city. In an attempt to increase the green cover of the city, the Horticulture Department of Noida planted four lakh saplings in 2015-16. “Besides this, the department has developed 681 parks over an area of 1072.58 acres. The highlight of this is a medicinal and herbal park which will be coming up in the sector 91 area,” Srivastava said.

Srivastava said: “We are coming up with 17 outdoor fitness parks. These parks will be having air walker, air swings, leg press and a host of other multi-activity outdoor fitness equipment. Also, there will be a host of weight training equipment including dumbbells. By providing these facilities, we want to ensure that the citizens of Noida have access to cheap and easily available means of fitness.”

As regards drain cleaning and maintainence, the Noida Authority has come up with some solid steps. “These include installation of mechanical garbage lifting machines at select locations. In an attempt to arrest the accumulation of garbage in drains, there will be screening devices which will prevent solid waste accumulation. This is a novel way to clean the drains and make them free of floating material —something which affects the drainage system the most,” Srivastava said.

In addition to all these amenities, the Noida Authority has also undertaken some social helpage projects. “We have a couple of helpage projects coming up. The first one is a Nari Niketan building which is nearing completion in sector 34. This centre will be run with the help of the Mahila Kalyan Nigam. The other one is an orphanage home whose construction will be undertaken soon. This orphanage will be called the Dada Dadi Park and will come up in sector 62,” Srivastava said.

nder the dynamic vision of its CEO Rama Raman, the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority or NOIDA, an integrated industrial township, has come a long way since its inception and now is one of the favourite hotspots for corporates to invest. NOIDA has shown that it has got state-of-the-art facilities, whether it be for water supply, sewage treatment, solid waste management and a host of other modern amenities. In this connection, The Sunday Guardian also spoke to Saumaya Srivastava, Deputy CEO of the NOIDA Authority.

Raman told The Sunday Guardian that to meet the increasing water requirement of the city, steps are being taken to have 100% of Ganga water supply in Noida City. “Besides this, a further 90 MLD ‘Gangajal project’ has been initiated and will be completed by 2017,” he said.

As regards power supply, Raman said that present electricity demand in Noida is 900MW. Keeping in mind the future demand, 87 electric stations are energised and 33/11 KV sub-stations have been proposed for construction which will tackle the ever increasing demand for power,” Raman said.

In any modern city, there are bound to be congestions and bottlenecks owing to the ever increasing volume of traffic. Noida Authority has proposed to construct flyovers, underpasses, elevated roads and bridges on some segments as per a traffic study. Raman said there are 10 major projects coming up. “Among the major ones are the construction of an elevated road on MP- 1, the road from Vishwa Bharti School to Shoprix Mall (sector 61); a elevated road from sector 10 to 56; construction of an underpass in sector 93-94; an elevated road from sector 49 to the NEPZ; and also a bridge parallel to the Yamuna Bridge connecting to the Okhla bridge near Kalindi Kunj,” Raman said.

Noida Authority is committed to providing good education to all, including the weaker sections of the society. Keeping this in mind, an exclusive hostel for the girls belonging to the SC/ST has been built in sector 62.  Noida also boasts of some of the leading names in the education field. “We have some of the country’s leading educational names like Amity, DPS, Apeejay, Ryan, Lotus Valley, Genesis, Manav Rachna, among others. I must also add here that a degree college for girls has been sanctioned by the UP government, is also operational,” said Raman.

For any modern city, the quality of sports infrastructure reflects on the city’s progress or otherwise. Noida has plans to have integrated sports facilities. “We are coming up with a cricket stadium in Sector 21A. The stadium, which has a capacity to accommodate 25,000 spectators, will be host to most of the inter city cricket matches. The stadium, which will cost approximately Rs 84.15 crore, is close to completion and we intend to throw it open to the public by March this year,” said Raman.

Similarly, a world-class indoor sporting stadium is also envisaged in sector 21-A. This stadium will have facilities for badminton, handball, basketball, volleyball and weightlifting. “We are also going to come up with a shooting range, something which Noida lacks right now,” said Raman. “The shooting range will have 15 stations of 25m rifle range on the ground floor and 33 stations of 10m range on the first floor. This project is likely to be completed by the end of this year,” he added.

River front development is also a sector where Noida Authority is working on a project to develop the Yamuna River and Hindon River. “We are working on a project which aims at developing the river front of Hindon. We are taking steps towards this on the lines of the river development done at the Sabarmati River front in Gujarat. To do this, a group of experts from Noida Authority recently visited the Sabarmati River and we also had talks with the officials there,” said Raman.

Transportation is a key factor to judge the growth index of a city. On this parameter, too, Noida has all the right requirements. According to Saumaya Srivastava, Deputy CEO, Noida Authority, “around 100 low-floor AC buses will be plying on the city roads and will be providing seamless connectivity with the Metro through a grid operation.” Srivastava said: “We hope to have a modern intelligence transport system that will ensure real-time information of Expected Time of Arrival (ETA) of the next bus at shelters. Apart from this, there will be a user-friendly mobile app which will assist in planning journeys and also provide the seat availability in each upcoming bus.” Work is also in progress on a novel method of integrating the Metro and the buses. This will be done through a single card which can be used in the buses, Metro and parking. “Also, in an attempt to provide safety to women, all the buses will have alarm systems and cameras. Apart from this, we have proposed having a state-of-the-art bus station and an ISBT terminus in Sector 144,” Srivastava.

As regards Metro connectivity, currently Noida has an excellent connectivity with Delhi. Apart from this, in an attempt to give Noida a direct connection to the Indira Gandhi International Airport, a line linking Botanical Garden to Kalandi Kunj is coming up. “Also, we have proposed to have another Metro corridor from Nodia sector 71 to Greater Noida, keeping the demand of the growing population,” Srivastava said.

As regards hospitals, multi-specialty hospitals are the order of the day. “Keeping this in mind, a 200-bed multispecialty hospital is coming up in sector 39. Besides this, we are going to upgrade the existing hospital in sector 30 into a super-specialty one and it will also house a post-graduate pediatric college like the ones in the US and Europe,” Srivastava said.

The parks are often referred to as the “Green Lungs” of a city. In an attempt to increase the green cover of the city, the Horticulture Department of Noida planted four lakh saplings in 2015-16. “Besides this, the department has developed 681 parks over an area of 1072.58 acres. The highlight of this is a medicinal and herbal park which will be coming up in the sector 91 area,” Srivastava said.

Srivastava said: “We are coming up with 17 outdoor fitness parks. These parks will be having air walker, air swings, leg press and a host of other multi-activity outdoor fitness equipment. Also, there will be a host of weight training equipment including dumbbells. By providing these facilities, we want to ensure that the citizens of Noida have access to cheap and easily available means of fitness.”

As regards drain cleaning and maintainence, the Noida Authority has come up with some solid steps. “These include installation of mechanical garbage lifting machines at select locations. In an attempt to arrest the accumulation of garbage in drains, there will be screening devices which will prevent solid waste accumulation. This is a novel way to clean the drains and make them free of floating material —something which affects the drainage system the most,” Srivastava said.

In addition to all these amenities, the Noida Authority has also undertaken some social helpage projects. “We have a couple of helpage projects coming up. The first one is a Nari Niketan building which is nearing completion in sector 34. This centre will be run with the help of the Mahila Kalyan Nigam. The other one is an orphanage home whose construction will be undertaken soon. This orphanage will be called the Dada Dadi Park and will come up in sector 62,” Srivastava said.

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