People can use the underpasses at Rajeev Chowk and Signature Towers from today

The underpasses of Rajeev Chowk and Signature Towers that were slated for inauguration on January 10 will finally be inaugurated today. The construction of these two underpasses by NHAI (National Highways Authority of India) had caused major traffic hurdles in the last six months.

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While the Signature Tower underpass entailed a budget of Rs 215 crores the one at Rajeev Chowk cost Rs 235 crores. According to sources, foot over bridges are also going to be constructed in these areas for the convenience of pedestrians.

The Signature Tower underpass will facilitate smooth access from Sector 14 and Sector 17 to the Huda City Metro Station. On the other hand, with this underpass in place residents of South City 1 will also have an easier access to Sector 14. As people from Sohna Road and Old Gurgaon start using this underpass to commute to Central Delhi, a major traffic congestion at Rajeev Chowk shall be averted.

Another major underpass will be constructed at the IFFCO Chowk. Once it comes into place, traffic will be regulated for condominiums on MG Road.

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Noida residents oppose proposed hike in water tariff

The Federation of Noida RWAs (FONRWA) and Noida Federation of Apartment Owners Association (NOFAA) are opposing Noida Authority’s recent proposal to hike water tariffs in the city. FONRWA has also appealed to residents to stop paying water bills if a hike does take place.

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Noida Authority recently announced that it planned to hike water tariffs from the next financial year. It also announced that it would collect sewage charges from residents on the lines of what the Delhi government does.

The minimum charge of water in residential areas is Rs 6 per kilolitre and the maximum Rs 7.5 per kilolitre. Noida News

NP Singh, president of FONRWA, told City Spidey that Noida Authority could not compare itself to Delhi as a justification to hike its water tariffs. “In Delhi, the first 20,000 kilolitres of water is supplied free to residents, after which the tariffs are applicable. Also, Delhi is supplied treated water, whereas in Noida the water supplied to residents is untreated and inferior in quality. Delhi water is potable, but Noida water is unfit even for washing and bathing. SO on what basis can they equate the water tariffs of the two cities?” Singh said.

Singh also said that on September 9, 2000, the Supreme Court and the chief secretary of Uttar Pradesh had directed Noida Authority to construct a water treatment plant in Gautam Budh Nagar within two years. But even after 17 years, there has been no action on the order. “Noida Authority must also instal a water meter in every house and then fix the charge of water as per the size of the house,” Singh said.

Rajiva Singh, president of NOFAA, said that the Authority should first concentrate on improving the quality of water supplied to high-rises and also ensure it is enough to meet the demand of residents. Right now, he said, both quality and quantity of water were woefully low. “We will not have to instal RO systems in the house and not buy water bottles for daily use,” he said. “We have even written to Noida Authority CEO Alok Tandon about this,” Singh said.

The authorities are turning Noida into a dumpyard…allege residents

Recently hundreds of residents from Noida Sector 22 and 23 along with villagers of Choda Gaon (in the vicinity of Khanpur) had staged a protest against Noida Authority for dumping the city’s waste in a vacant plot of Sector 54.

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“The adjoining areas are densely populated. This callous action of the Authority will adversely affect people, animals and birds alike,” claimed protesters.

Speaking to City Spidey today, K Arunachalam, RWA member of Sector 22 said that he along with his colleagues had stopped around 20 trucks from dumping garbage at this site. “We have also written a letter to the Chief Minister, Yogi Adityanath to intervene in this matter,” he added. Noida News

With the growing mounds of garbage, this vacant plot is beginning to resemble the Ghazipur landfill site. “Needless to say there will soon be a slew of health repercussions. We shall not allow the Authority to transform this plot into a landfill site,” Arunachalam added.

Infact residents of neighbouring sectors have started experiencing some adverse effects. In the words of Ramesh Shekhar, a city resident, “The stench has already reached the homes of people. Most houses cannot do without room freshners. People are also suffering from skin diseases.”

Protesters have informed City Spidey that the authority officials are fairly insensitive on their stand. “They are legally justifying their action on the ground that all land belongs to Noida Authority,” shared a protestor.

Two security guards of Ajnara Homes arrested for beating up protesting residents

Bisrakh police has arrested two security guards of Ajnara Homes, a residential society in Noida Extension, earlier today, as they allegedly beat up residents who were holding a peaceful protest in the society against the builder’s non-delivery of basic facilities. Residents allege they were beaten up by bouncers hired by the builder and three of the society’s security guards.

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The two security guards arrested have been identified as Sudhir Chaudhary and Ravinder Kumar.

According to residents, they are peacefully protesting on the premises, when a few bouncers and three security guards emerged, and told them to stop the demonstration. When they refused, they allege the bouncers roughed them up and even used coarse language. Noida News

Residents then took the matter to the Bisrakh police, lodging an FIR against the three guards and the unidentified men.

Gaurav Gupta, a resident of Ajnara Homes, told City Spidey that the builder had faltered on providing basic facilities, such as proper security and CCTV cameras.

“Even the firefighting system is not operational, let alone the swimming pool and the club. On top of this, the builder has already taken two years’ advanced maintenance charge from us residents at is Rs 7 per sq ft,” he added.

Residents also said that the builder had not given them completion or occupancy certificates, due to which they had not been able to register their flats. There are more than 150 families living in the society at present.

Ajay Sharma, SO of Bisrakh police station, said that investigation into the case was under way.

Dwarka Sector 3 senior citizens request DDA to build them a shelter in locality

Senior citizens of Dwarka Sector 3 want the Delhi Development Authority to construct a shelter in the locality park that can save them from heat and cold. At present, there are five benches that are unable to accommodate all the elderly persons who frequent the park for their daily get-togethers. Dwarka News

The oldest member of the senior citizens’ group is 92, and he gets a place to sit. But many “younger” members have to stand, as the space is limited.

Now, these aged men, numbering over 50, are regulars at the park, where children also play cricket. Which is why the senior citizens want the construction of a shelter with more benches under it, so they can hold their daily meetings more comfortably.

Now the group has prepared a petition for the DDA, seeking the construction of a shelter, with a mesh surrounding it to protect them from cricket ball that can hurt them.

The petition has already been signed by 41 members, all residents of high-rise residential complexes in the locality.

At 92, BB Rajput is the senior-most member of the group. A resident of Heritage Tower Apartments, Rajput said the shelter they seek should be open from all sides but covered with a mesh, so cricket balls don’t hit them.

“It would be ideal if the shelter was of a size 7×6.2 m, with a raised cement flooring, eight benches and one centre table,” Rajput said, adding that “we have made a rough design for DDA to consider”.

DDA can easily fulfil our requirement, as similar shelters as there are similar shelters in the parks of sectors 6, 9 and 12.

MP Sharma, of Balaji Apartments, and a regular at the Sector 3 park, said, “This park is surrounded by many sicieties, such as Balaji Apartments, National Apartments, Astha Kunj Apartments, Heritage Tower Apartments and Welcome Apartments, and is regularly used by many residents. You can see how crowded this park is in the evenings. We are senior citizens and we cannot sit on the ground. We use these benches. But these are not ideal for us,” Sharma said.

A senior DDA official promised to look into the matter and do the needful when City Spidey sought his comments on the senior citizens’ petition.

A vintage car rally from Delhi to Gurgaon… You cannot miss this!

In a bid to promote “motoring tourism” and give collectors an opportunity to drive out their vintage collection, 21 Gun Salute Heritage and Cultural Trust will hold a vintage car rally on February 17 and 18 in Delhi. The rally will be flagged off from Lal Qila and end at the Ambience Island in DLF Phase III, Gurgaon.

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More than 100 vintage cars will participate in the rally and celebrities from the global motoring fraternity and titans of the automotive industry will grace the occasion. Thousands of private collectors and connoisseurs, national and international, will be present at the venue. Gurgaon News

Addressing a press conference, Madan Mohan, founder and managing trustee, 21 Gun Salute Heritage and Cultural Trust, said, “The 8th edition will present rare and legendary 1939 Delage D8 120- USA, 1922 Bentley – Australia; 1908 Rolls Royce Silver Dawn & 1965 Rolls Royce Silver Cloud – UK; RR Phantom James Young Edition – Singapore; 1931 Alfa Romeo 6C 1750 GS ZagatoAprile – Italy; along with other fine handpicked vintage cars such as the 1933 Cadillac V-12, the rare 1930 Cadillac V-16 [the only one in India], the 1922 Moon, the 1949 Buick Roadmaster and the 1942 Packard 180 Limo”

Gurgaon: Second accused in Farukhnagar rape case nabbed by police

Gurgaon Police has arrested the second accused in the horrifying rape incident that took place in Farukhnagar on January 15. The cops have also seized the car in which the accused had allegedly raped the college student.

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The accused had allegedly abducted the victim in a

Swift Dzire car while she was returning from college. They had taken turns to rape her while driving around in the city. However, the victim, who had gone into trauma, had reported the matter only on Thursday.

The police have registered a case against the two accused, identified as Pawan and Lalit based on the description provided by the rape survivor. The police had already arrested Pawan on Thursday, while Lalit was nabbed today. Both men were produced before the district court. Gurgaon News

The police are now investigating the case. The car, too, has been seized. The CCTV footage of the area is being examined for further clues on the case.