Greater Noida authority to build 10,000 flats under PMAY – ET RealEstate

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GREATER NOIDA: The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) has decided to build 10,000 affordable homes for the economically weaker sections and low income groups under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojna (PMAY). These houses would measure between 245 sqft) and 323 sqft and would be built in sectors 1, 2 and 3 of Greater Noida

Officials said a survey to select beneficiaries would be conducted from February 1. The state government has given a target to build 50,000 such houses to the three authorities. It has also decided to allow builders to allot 10% of the land use for commercial purposes against an earlier rule of 1% to attract more developers to build these affordable housing.

“We have earmarked sectors 1, 2 and 3 for the affordable houses. They will be built with public-private collaboration under the PMAY scheme. For this, a survey of the beneficiaries will begin on February 1,” said Narendra Bhooshan, the CEO of GNIDA.

With an incentive to allow 10% of the land use for commercial purposes, builders will also be chosen to develop the houses. “The 10% land use for commercial purposes is a great incentive for the developer. The land can be used for building shops and market complexes,” said a source in the Authority.

Under the PMAY scheme, the builder will get a grant of Rs 2.5 lakh for every flat. Of this amount, Rs 1.5 lakh will be given by the Centre and the remaining money will be borne by the state government. The cost of each flat will range from Rs 6 lakh for the EWS and LIG categories. “According to the PMAY scheme, a minimum of 250 flats or 35% of the total number have to be delivered by the builder under the EWS category,” an official said.

The Noida Authority and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) will also build flats under the PMAY scheme. Sources said while sectors 145, 152 and 154 may be shortlisted in Noida for such homes, Sector 18 off the Yamuna Expressway is being considered by YEIDA.

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Greater Noida: Authorities mulling reduction in business reorganisation charges – ET RealEstate

GREATER NOIDA: In a major development, a common policy is being evolved to evaluate whether charges for allowing reorganisation of business and company structure can be brought down for allottees of industrial, institutional and commercial plots across the three industrial development authorities in Gautam Budh Nagar. The decision was taken at the Greater Noida Authority’s board meeting on Wednesday.

The Noida Authority, Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority (YEIDA) have been asking applicants to pay up 10% of the prevailing land premium for permitting changes in the constitution of business. But a lot of companies had sought exemption from paying up the charges since their businesses took a hit due to the pandemic this fiscal.

Senior officials of the industrial development department went through the proposal of GNIDA to offer relaxations to allottees who seek changes in partnership firms, limited liability partnership firms, private limited companies and the ones looking to change proprietorship company to partnership and the ones intending to change the shareholding pattern of promoters in public listed companies.

“Those looking to reorganise their companies and the organisation structure will be given relaxations. A committee will be constituted to come up with new guidelines that will be implemented by the three authorities,” said GNIDA’s CEO Narendra Bhooshan. GNIDA also asked for Rs 10,000 from the applicants looking to reconstitute the company structure as processing charges.

Among other key decisions, GNIDA will extend benefits of the one-time settlement scheme to all kinds of allottees. Applicable for group housing plots, the scheme will be rolled out for residential, commercial, institutional, ITes, commercial and institutional categories of allotment as well. An online grievance redressal platform will also be developed for the residents of Greater Noida to offer paperless services to them. Land pooling policy will be introduced for acquisition of land.

Meanwhile, authority officials on Wednesday said they have fast-tracked leaseback allotment and will hand over 6% developed plots to original farmers within six months. Out of 18,000 leaseback developed plots, the authority has disposed of applications and chose the allottees of 90,00 plots. Authority officials have also sought permission from senior officials to increase the amount they can keep in their custody under the escrow account. GNIDA had initiated a mechanism to set up escrow accounts with private builders.

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Residents’ group urges CJI’s intervention in Shahberi – ET RealEstate

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NOIDA: A group of Shahberi residents in Gautam Buddh Nagar district has written to Supreme Court Chief Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, urging his intervention in resolving their issues and providing them with alternative homes

The residents, in the latter, have stated that they were duped of their “hard-earned” money by builders who sold them flats illegally in an area that was notified under the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA).

Copies of their representation, which also contain property documents and sale advertisements by builders, among others, have been sent to Allahabad High Court Chief Justice Govind Mathur, Union Home Secretary Ajay Kumar Bhalla, UP Governor Anandiben Patel and Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, among others.

In their communication, the residents also highlighted reports which stated that many of the multi-storey structures that have come up in Shahberi illegally do not have necessary permissions from the local authority and are “dangerous” for living.

The residents also accused the district police and local authorities of neglecting their appeals.

“We the residents of Shahberi are humbly praying to your good self with folded hands that as the GNIDA has already declared that living in the buildings in Shahberi is dangerous to our life and it is the government’s primary duty to protect our lives and it is our fundamental right to call upon you to resettle us by providing us alternative flats/homes equivalent to our current flats/homes in the nearby location within 8 km to save our life,” the representation read.

“Presently we are paying EMI to the banks, we will start paying the EMI to the government or the authority who will provide us the alternative flats/homes. We are not defaulters… Please provide us alternative equivalent home/flat to save our fundamental right to live with dignity guaranteed under the Constitution of India,” it added.

Shahberi, an urban village in Greater Noida, had come into focus on July 17, 2018, when two adjoining buildings in the area collapsed on each other, leaving nine people, including a child and two women, dead.

Subsequent probe by the administration and local authorities found that the buildings had come up illegally and without any proper approval, as did several others which mushroomed over the years in Shahberi, less than 50 km from Delhi.

Last year, a Special Investigation Team (SIT) was formed to probe illegal constructions in Shahberi. An official, part of the SIT, in July, told that there were around 80 FIRs lodged and action taken against approximately 50 builders till January 2020.

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Smart water meters in Greater Noida in a year – ET RealEstate

GREATER NOIDA: Gearing up for 24/7 water supply, the Greater Noida Authority has decided to install smart water meters in households and other establishments across the city. More than 38,000 units will be covered under the project, of which 90% will be domestic connections, officials said.

To meet the needs of 10 lakh residents, the Authority has to augment the daily water supply to 210 million litres within a year. Water is supplied twice a day in Greater Noida, at present — three hours in the morning and three hours in the evening. Extracted from the ground, the treated water is stored in the reservoirs before being transferred to overhead water tanks in various sectors.

For a long period, residents groups had been petitioning the Authority to press water charges as per usage and consumption. Currently, the authority levies fixed annual charges as per the size of the plots. The charges vary between Rs 1,284 and Rs 14,892 for plots measuring between 60 sqm and 1,100 sqm, respectively.

GNIDA’s additional CEO Deep Chandra said, “The process to select an agency interested in installing smart water meters was initiated on November 11. By December 15, we are hoping to select the agency.”

Officials confirmed that the meters will be also placed in the 84 apartment complexes and 63 group housing projects developed by the Authority in the city. However, each apartment complex will be treated as a single unit and a bulk metre connection will be provided to them.

The Authority will also cover some industrial, IT, commercial and institutional establishments under the project. However, initially only a semi-bulk metre connection will be provided for an entire block instead of individual connection, officials said.
Smart water meters in Greater Noida in a yearThe Ganga jal supply in Greater Noida will begin in April next year and post that smart meters will also be installed. Officials said that the cost estimates will be finalised once the agency selected to execute the project provides the quotation for providing meters to a domestic, institutional, IT, industrial or apartment user.

However, the president of Federation of Residents Welfare Associations of Greater Noida, Devendra Tiger, said, “Greater Noida was supposed to be the smartest city in the entire NCR. But we are nowhere close to it. Ganga jal was to be supplied to households in 2013-14. Every few months, officials of the Authority issue fresh deadlines for the Ganja jal project.”

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