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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Greater Noida development body launches scheme for commercial plots – ET RealEstate

GREATER NOIDA: The Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) on Thursday launched 14 commercial plot schemes and 11 fuel petrol/diesel/CNG/electric vehicle charging) station plots including space for retail outlets and ATMs.

A commercial plot scheme has been launched for interested builders, developers and investors which will be allotted by E-auction. This scheme will be floated monthly on an online/continuous basis from month to month basis. Under the scheme there are two kinds of plots 2 FAR (floor area ratio) and 4 FAR,” said Narendra Bhooshan CEO GNIDA.

While the first lot of 14 such plots are set for E-auction, there are five plots of 2 FAR plots which will be E- auctioned at Rs 46,190 sqm. These plots are available in sectors 36, Gamma II, Eta 1 and Knowledge Park 2. The size of these plots range from 2,356 sqm to 9,468 sqm.

Also, there are nine plots of 4 FAR which will be E- auctioned at Rs 66,000 sqm. These plots are available in sector 10, Ecotech 12, Delta 1 and Alpha 2. The size of these plots range from 2,500 sqm to 12,000 sqm.

Apart from this, under the fuel petrol/diesel/CNG/electric vehicle charging station plots including space for retail outlets and ATMs scheme, GNIDA has set aside 11 fuel station plots of 2,000 sqm which will be allotted in sectors 12, 20, Techzone 7, Eta2, Ecotech 1 Extension, Theta II, Xu 1, Mu 1 and Agricultural Green near Sport City. These allotments are set at reserve prices of Rs 44,250. “These fuel station plots will also have the facility of petrol/diesel/CNG/electric vehicle charging station facilities as well as space for retail outlets and ATMs,” said an official from GNIDA.

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Greater Noida residents seek clarification over multiple RWAs – ET RealEstate

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GREATER NOIDA: Can more than one RWA be allowed to function in a single colony? Residents of the city have demanded a clarification from the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) on the issue, with the latter initiating the registration process of multiple RWAs in each colony to offer them more rights.

Earlier this month, GNIDA floated the idea of setting up multiple RWAs in one colony.

The proposal was sounded out before the office-bearers of the residents’ associations through social media platforms. But the residents have upped the ante against the development authority for such a move.

Kailash Bhati, president of Sector 36 RWA, said, “Since the move to hand over the sectors entirely to RWAs has flopped, GNIDA has come up with another formula to weaken the residents’ groups. All this while sectors such as Alpha 1, 2, 3, Beta 1, 2, 3, Delta 1, 2, 3 and so on are being governed by a single RWA. Now, the Authority wants to divide them further into blocks.”

“As per their vision, A, B and C blocks in Alpha 1 can have different RWAs. The same model will be implemented in other sectors as well,” he added.

GNIDA, on its part, maintains that the unique plan has been proposed to manage the localities and residential blocks in a better manner. Officials said they had studied the model being followed for municipal governance in industrial townships across developed countries and found it highly successful.

“We will organise discussions with RWAs in the next few days to exchange notes on this aspect. The idea is to improve urban services and delivery within the sectors. Final decision will be taken only if residents are on board with the idea,” said Greater Noida Authority CEO Narendra Bhooshan.

Residents, however, feel that Authority has been looking for ways to pass on financial liabilities over to RWAs for the past few months.

Alok Nagar from Delta 2 RWA, said, “Even villages which have a population of 4,000 to 5,000 have only one pradhan. Creation of multiple RWAs will lead to animosity, factionalism and bickering among groups. Hence we are opposing the proposal. We will present local governance models of successful townships before Authority officials to put the point across.”

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GNIDA sees red as flats in Ghaziabad dump waste in green belt – ET RealEstate

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GREATER NOIDA: Over the past fortnight, officials of the Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority (GNIDA) have seized six tractor-trolleys which were illegally dumping waste in its green belt.

The drivers and cleaners of these vehicles disclosed the names of certain high-rise apartments located within Crossings Republik township in neighbouring Ghaziabad from where the garbage was collected for disposal.

GNIDA has now written to the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA) providing details of the buildings from where the garbage was collected and has asked it to take action. Chief executive officer of the GNIDA, Narendra Bhooshan said that a complaint against the vehicles has been lodged with police. “We will also follow up with authorities in Ghaziabad to put a check on this menace and issue warnings to housing societies which are dumping waste in the open,” he added.

GNIDA officials said the tractors crossed the Shahberi furniture market and dumped the waste in the green belt parallel to 130-metre road near Ek Murti and Tilpata Chowk. “We managed to identify six vehicles during an inspection over the past two weeks. They were seized and will be handed over to the police,” said an official.

Among the six vehicles, only two tractors had proper registration plates while the registration details of the remaining four have been sought from the transport department in both Noida and Ghaziabad.

Meanwhile, residents of Crossings Republik stated that proper garbage disposal is a big problem particularly in those buildings which have not been handed over to the residents. Also, since the Ghaziabad municipal corporation is yet to take over the locality, residents have to make arrangements of garbage disposal on their own.

Crossings Republik Township comprises 29 high-rise buildings with around 15,000 flats. President of Crossings Republik Owners and Members Association (CROMA) Tarun Chauhan said, “Residents pay the tractor owners for transporting the waste to a landfill site. It is usually disposed of in Pratap Vihar, but some of them go towards Greater Noida Extension since it is nearby and they save money.”

Tractor owners charge Rs 1,200 to Rs 2,000 for disposing of the unsegregated waste.

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