NCR Planning Board Proposes Changes In Master Plan

2012-03-27 08:34:51

The uncertainty surrounding the fate of the Noida Extension housing projects seems to be almost over.The NCR Planning Board (NCRPB) has suggested certain changes to be incorporated in the master plan before it could be approved by the boards technical committee,which,the sources said,could be done by this April.

On Thursday,Union urban development minister Kamal Nath said the state government would no longer need the boards approval on the changes made in the Greater Noida Master Plan 2021,which is prerequisite for any work on the development projects in the area to resume.Instead,the government and the Greater Noida Authority will have to incorporate suggestions made by the board,including the provision to increase the green belt and protect the Dadri wetland.
The authority then has to submit the master plan to the technical committee of the board for final approval.Sources said the issue was likely to be resolved by April.The UP government,too,on Thursday said interest of investors would be protected.
These decisions were taken at the meeting held in the capital attended by UP chief minister Akhilesh Yadavs trusted aide and minister of state (CM protocol),Abhishek Mishra.He told TOI,We want to work with the Centre.The government has come to power recently.We will soon consider the suggestions made by the board and will get back to the technical committee.
Mishra said interests of the people who had invested their lifetime savings would be safeguarded.People should have no fear of Noida losing its importance under the new regime, he said.
NCRPB member-secretary Naini Jayseelan said they would not take long to clear the plan once the state had incorporated the changes.The Noida Extension issue can easily be sorted out, she said.
Mishra attending the meeting has also sent some feelers that the state is serious about reviving the plan in which around 50,000 home buyers have already invested.This is perhaps the first time in the recent years when a UP minister participated in an NCRPB meeting.
These developments have come as a huge relief to the Greater Noida Authority officials.It is a positive step towards resolving the Noida Extension chaos and we are hopeful that the whole matter will be resolved by April, said authority CEO Rama Raman.
Sources said changes proposed by the board would also be incorporated in the sub-regional plan of UP.The master plan was presented to NCRPB earlier this year following an Allahabad high court order that had made it mandatory for the authority to get all changes made in the master plan approved by the board.
The approval mainly pertains to the change in land use of around 2,500 hectares in Greater Noida that the authority claims was approved by the state government.In 2007,the authority had created Noida Extension by diverting 2,500 hectares of 3,000 hectares of industrial land for residential use.The same area of land was arranged for the industrial use from the land earmarked for residential purposes in the other part of Greater Noida.

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