Greater Noida emerging as a top destination for commercial and residential activities By Dr Suvrokamal Dutta

Greater Noida has fast emerged as the favorite destination for commercial and residential activities. The well laid out sub-city has definite area earmarked for residential, institutional, entertainment, industrial and commercial purposes. Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) has contributed heavily to the development and fast growth of the sub-city. Plenty of multinationals and domestic companies are coming up every year. Authority has allocated adequate budget for number of developmental work to keep the city neat and clean. But more development is needed especially in improving the power and water supply. “Undoubtedly, Greater Noida is facing acute power shortage. To meet the Power demand we have set up a monitoring committee, which will provide recommendations to improve the power supply,” pointed out GNIDA official. It is worthwhile remembering that Greater Noida requires 80 mw, but the sub city receives just 65 mw. GNIDA have asked Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited to increase the power supply up to 70 mw. “As far as continuous water supply is concerned, we are all ready committed to supply 85 cusecs of water from the River Ganges from the upper Ganga canal. For this an MoU has already been signed with the jal nigam,” said GNIDA official. If experts are to be believed, the much-awaited projects international airport and Taj Express Way will contribute heavily to the sub city’s growth. As per the recent dialogue between Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, the national capital region will get another airport at Greater Noida. Four years back, 4000 hectares of land had already been earmarked for the proposed airport. Also based on the satellite survey, civil aviation department had approved the technical norms. Proposed airport will directly be linked with 160 km long (Noida to Agra) six-lane Taj Express Way. It has come into the notice of The India Street that land acquisition for this is already under progress. The authority is waiting for

ministry of civil aviation’s guidelines. They are hopeful that project should be completed within three years. With airport and Taj Express Way, there is going to be lifestyle change in Greater Noida. As a matter of fact, the people from Delhi would prefer to shift and settle in Greater Noida, as the sub-city would provide better lifestyle along with ample job opportunities. No doubt, Greater Noida would soon become an industrial hub as lots of multinational companies and foreign investors are coming here.

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