BREAKING NEWS: No arrest in Armaan case until August 28, says Allahabad HC

In the Arman Sehgal death case, the Allahabad High Court today directed the police to not arrest anyone till  August 28, and has directed the school management to produce some more documents in the next hearing.

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The police had registered a criminal case against the school management for culpable homicide not amounting to murder, and for destroying evidence under sections 304 and 201 of IPC. Following this, the school filed a petition in the Allahabad High Court for quashing the FIR and for granting a stay on any arrest in the case. Breaking News

The case came up for hearing today.

No middle-men in power supply business: NEFOMA

Noida Extension Flat Owners Main Association (NEFOMA) on Friday raised a policy change demand to Mahendra Kumar Singh, City Magistrate, Noida. Member of NEFOMA said the private builders who had taken power supply franchise from Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) had been flouting norms laid down by the power discom and fleecing customers.

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Residents of several residential societies such as Amrapali Zodiac, Amrapali Silicon City, Aditya Urban Casa and Ajnara Grand Heritage met with the official at his office in Sector 19, Noida. Noida Society News

Led by Annu Khan, president of NEFOMA, the residents apprised the magistrate that power supply had become a profit-making business for builders. Despite collecting power tariff from the consumers in advance, they neither share power consumption bills with residents nor provide related services. Builders were even know to disconnect power in some flats. Noida Local News

“We have submitted a memorandum to the magistrate and demanded from him to remove all builders from the power supply business,” said Khan. “The power discom provides power to several sectors in the city and we would urged the district administration to explore the possibility of implementing a similar mechanism in our societies. The government should end all such middle men. Not only will it help us residents but also the government.” Society Management System

To fulfil this resident demand, the UP government will have to renew its policy,  as with the current schemes, supplying power to multi-storey residents builder is not feasible.

Presently, the power discom supies power to the single-storey buildings and residents of such houses pay their bills to PVVNL.
An officer with the power supply department told City Spidey that even though they could supply power to all households, collection of tariff would be a challenge. He had said that the power discom does not have effective mechanism to take readings from each of the meters installed in houses of  high rise buildings and present  them with electricity consumption bill every month.

 The city magistrate assured that he would talk to the officers of the concerned department to look into ways to solve this problem.

Will 2018 bring sewer lines and drinking water supply to unplanned colonies?

By end of 2018, all existing unplanned colonies will have sewer lines and drinking water supply. The promise came from Delhi urban development minister Saytender Jain during his recent address to the Assembly.

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The minister also said Rs 900 crore has been allocated for the purpose, and the irrigation and flood control department are to look into the work.

If the promise is carried out, even posh colonies will benefit, as their storm water drains from also carry sewerage from unauthorised colonies. For instance, the drains of Vasundhara Enclave, a posh locality of East Delhi — which houses many as 45 co-operative group housing societies (CGHS) — are connected with the sewer drains of Dallupura and Ashok Nagar in the vicinity. Both the colonies lack sewer lines and drinking water supply. Noida Society News

Residents of housing societies have often complained about the same. In the absence of a proper outlet for the sewerage of unauthorised colonies, government agencies have linked them with storm-water drains of the nearby societies. Noida Local News

City Spidey has also reported on the subject a couple of times.

Rishiraj Shrivastava, a resident of Paryatan Vihar B4 Apartments, said, “This is a grave failure of the government, and we are suffering. They thoughtlessly connected the sewer drains to our storm water drains. Sometimes, they block our water supply to provide drinking water to these colonies. How long is it to go on? If these colonies get proper sewer lines and water supply, it would be a great relief for us.” Apartment management System

There are about 1,700 unauthorised colonies in the NCR — most located adjacent to posh colonies.

Let’s hope the government will act on its word.

Sec 62, Noida: Heartbroken lover commits suicide in Shakti Kunj

A 27-year-old software engineer allegedly committed suicide by hanging herself at her rented house in Shakti Kunj, a residential society in Sector 62, Noida, on Wednesday night. The woman, identified as Shweta, hails from Patna, Bihar.

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According to the police, the woman was found hanging from the ceiling fan of her room.  Noida Society News

Anil Pratap Singh, station officer of the Sector 58 police station, told City Spidey that her roommates were not home when the incident took place. When they returned home from work, they found the flat locked from inside. “After getting no response, despite knocking on the door several times, they called the police. We broke open the door to find Shweta hanging from the ceiling fan,” he added. A suicide note has also been recovered. Noida Local News

The suicide note says Shweta was taking this extreme step after being cheated by her lover, Ankush Gandotra, who was working with her in the same private company. The note further says that Shweta and Ankush were having an affair for the past two years and she was pregnant but Ankush refused to marry her.

The police have informed the parents of the woman about the incident, who came to Noida and She’s body was handed over to them. Her parents lodged a case against Gandotra and his parents under sections 306, 313 and 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) at the Sector 58 police station.

Ankush Gandotra was arrested from his office in Sector 62 at around 6 pm. He will be presented in court on August 11.

Noida Authority finally conducts an inspection of Amrapali Zodiac

Following repeated complaints against the builder from residents of Amrapali Zodiac, a society in Sector 120, Noida Authority finally inspected the project today.

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An officer with the department of planning, and an architect with Noida Authority, along with residents, took rounds of the 14 towers.

The builder has already given possession to residents, and many have started living in the complex. But towers from C to W — with the exception of Q — lack basic facilities such as lifts, fire-safety equipment and electric meters. Noida Society News

Jogindra Singh, a resident, said the builder had collected money from all residents for installation of electricity meters, but they were still not in place.

Residents alleged that were are several towers with just one lift — which broke down frequently. Besides this, the builder has not completed equipping the buildings with a firefighting system. Noida Local News

Registration of property with the department of land and revenue, UP, is also pending. The builder owes dues to Noida Authority for the land allotted. Noida News

M Farooq, assistant project engineer of the Authority, said, “I have noted down the issues and will compile a report on the problems being faced by the residents. Once done, the report will be handed over to the higher authorities to decide what course of action to be initiated against the builder.”

DDA: Lofty dreams but no implementation

Delhi Development Authority had come up with a number of ambitious projects for Dwarka, but do you know what happened to them? They all got shelved.

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Projects such as the Socio Cultural Centre in Sector 11 (Indraprastha Sanskritik Kendra), studio apartments for senior citizen in Sector 16, and the Adventure Cycle Park have gone missing from the DDA files. According to sources, these projects have been canned because senior officials were unconvinced about their cost and viability. Delhi Local News

One official said on condition of anonymity, “The Indraprastha Sanskritik Kendra was cancelled by the former DDA vice-chairman Arun Goel, because he thought the project wasn’t feasible when compared to the construction cost. The studio apartment project in Sector 16 was also cancelled for the same reason.” Delhi News

The layout plan for the Indraprastha Sanskritik Kendra in Sector 11, a project worth Rs 300 crore, had already been prepared and passed. According to officials and press releases, this project was conceptualised with a vision to giving Dwarka a business-cultural centre in the league of the India Habitat Center. The DDA officials further stated that the project sketches were in place and tendering had started; the project was to take off in the previous financial year, but now all work on it has abruptly been stopped.

Residents of Dwarka who were eagerly waiting for these projects are a disappointed lot. A resident of Sector 11, AK Sharma, said, “It is sad for us that a wonderful project such as Indraprastha Sanskritik Kendra has been cancelled by the authority. We were happy when the project was announced in 2011. I think DDA should rethink its decision.”

The old age home for retired government servants in Sector 16 is another project which was declared and planned last year but now stands cancelled. The project, which was meant to be a joint venture between DDA and Indian Navy, was to take off this year. According to a press release issued by DDA in September 2016, approximately 12 acres of land were identified in Sector 16, on which about 1,550 studio apartments of around 550 sq ft each were to be constructed. The project had to be completed in the next four years. “I don’t know why the senior officials cancelled it, but there is definitely no sign of progress on this project,” said an official of DDA.

The cycle sharing project, which was envisaged as the green mode of transport and last-mile connectivity for Dwarka, has also been shelved. Though DDA officials have not commented on this, they haven’t indicated that it has been abandoned. According to an official, this project could be resumed in future if a senior official or authority considers it an integral part of sustainable development.

The GreNo Authority will reveal Amrapali’s financial status to all buyers soon!

The Greater Noida Authority today assured buyers that it would reveal the financial status of the Amrapali Group in a week’s time.

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It will ascertain whether the realtor has the financial muscle to complete all its stalled housing projects. The information will be shared with all buyers. Greater Noida News

The decision came in the wake of strong protests by homebuyers outside the office of Greater Noida Authority today. The protests were held under the aegis of Noida Extension Flat Owners Welfare Association, or NEFOWA. Noida Society News

Shweta Bharti, NEFOWA general secretary, said, “We met Arvind Mohan, senior manager, group housing cell of the Authority. We protested for hours before being called in for a meeting. We said, without mincing words, that the Authority had only given verbal assurances so far.” Noida Local News

The meeting lasted for an hour, during which the officer promised to seek details from the realtor and pass on the buyers’ demands to it.  Noida News

He also said that once the builder replied, the Authority would decide on the next course of action. “If the Authority is satisfied with the reply, it will constitute a monitoring committee to look into what’s happening on the ground. Also, the builder’s plan of action for completing the stalled projects will be shared with the buyers and a copy of the same will be uploaded on the Authority’s website next week,” he added.  Apartment management System