Work on road connecting Noida-Greater Noida bridge starts after long wait

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The Noida Authority has started long-pending construction work of road connecting the bridge in Noida and Greater Noida across the Hindon River. visitor management system

An official of Noida Authority said that construction work on this bridge was started in October 2014 and was completed in March 2016.

“The Authority was not able to build a one-kilometre road and that is why the opening of the bridge has been delayed. The Noida Authority failed to procure the land from farmers to build the road. Now, the Authority has bought the land and the construction work has commenced,” the official said.

“In February, chairman and chief executive officer Alok Tandon conducted an inspection in the area where the bridge was located and asked the staffs to solve the problem by procuring required land from the farmers. After several meetings between the officials of Noida Authority and farmers, the authority was able to purchase the land,” the official added.

This bridge is located between Greater Noida’s Sector-1/4 and Noida’s Sector-118/122. The eight-lane bridge is 28 metres wide and it connects Noida’s Phase-2, Sectors 121, 122, 84, 74, 73, 77, 78 and 79 with Greater Noida’s sectors 1, 4 and 16A. This bridge was built by the Noida and Greater Noida Authorities at a combined cost of Rs 50 crore.

A senior project engineer Samakant Srivastava told City Spidey that they were successful in purchasing the 1-km land four days back and now the construction work has been started. “Initial work started and we have started constructing the base of the road by filling the soil,” Srivastava added.

“We are hoping that the construction work of the road will be completed before December and we want to open the bridge for the commuters in the coming year,” Srivastava added.

Amit Gupta said that people will find it easy to go to Greater Noida once the bridge will be inaugurated. This bridge also addresses traffic congestion issues that are witnessed on the Noida-Greater Noida west road.

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No end to drinking water woes in Vijaynagar as scheme gets stuck in controversy

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The drinking water scheme is doing no good to the people living in the Vijaynagar area of Ghaziabad. They are still struggling badly to get the ample amount of drinking water. The politics surrounding the drinking water scheme has adversely affected its implementation. visitor management system

The drinking water scheme, which was worth Rs 37 crore, got stuck amidst a park controversy. Some people are also protesting against the scheme making its implementation more difficult. The 2 lakh people living in the Vijaynagar area need to wait for some more time for getting drinking water.

Under the “Amrit Yojana,” construction of tube well and underground water reservoir was planned in Bhimabai Ambedkar Park. Controversies struck it as soon as the construction works commenced in the park. Now, the municipal corporation and water corporation are searching for a new place amidst the controversies.

The people in Vijaynagar area are facing the scarcity of drinking water for many years in the past. They are demanding immediate resolution to this problem.

Under the drinking water scheme, 2 water tanks, 4 underground water reservoirs, 15 tube wells and 100-km long water pipeline need to be constructed. If this scheme would have been implemented then 2 lakh people of Vijaynagar would have got some relief.

Earlier, Minister Atul Garg had inaugurated this scheme in Vijaynagar’s Bhimabai Ambedkar Park. The construction work started afterwards. But, people in the area started protesting against construction in park and the work got stalled around one and a half months back.

Mayor Asha Sharma said, “Few people are playing politics over it which is wrong. As everyone needs drinking water, we will soon solve the problem. The drinking water will be provided soon to the people in the area.”

A resident of Vijaynagar, Vijendra Singh said, “People are very disturbed with the lack of drinking water. The municipal and water corporations are not taking necessary steps in the direction of solving this problem.”

“As the construction works have been halted in the park, some other place needs to be marked and process to begin drinking water scheme should be started at the earliest,” Singh added.

“People should have been consulted before starting works in the park. The sudden start of the work caused displeasure among people. They are not against the drinking water scheme as everyone needs water,” said Vinod Yadav.

“There is only one park available to people in the area. If tube wells and water tanks are constructed in it then there will no place left for people to sit and children will also be devoid of their playing areas. The municipal corporation should start search for some other place,” said Ajay Kumar.

Noida Authority mulls installation of water meters to check wastage

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To regulate the bills and check wastage of water, the Noida Authority decided to install meters in all the group housing buildings and industrial sectors. The decision to install meters has come after water tariff hike of 25 per cent more than a month ago.

An official of Noida Authority said, “Once the residents begin paying their bills as per the usage, they will be forced to check wastage of water.” The Noida Authority supplies the water three hours in morning (6 am to 9 am) and evening (6 pm to 9 pm). The city of Noida generates 150-200 MLD of wastewater every day. gate management system

In the last three decades, water consumption used to be charged at fixed annual rates. The Authority has now floated an online tender to hire a private agency for the installation work. The budget is Rs 50 lakh for the installation of water meters.

So far, the Noida Authority used to charge Rs 175 from MIG (middle-income group) flat owners; Rs 210 from HIG (high-income group) flat owners; Rs 260 from duplex flat owners; Rs 250 from owners of 200 sqm plots; and Rs 470 from owners of 350 sqm plots.

SC Arora, a senior project engineer of Noida Authority told City Spidey, “We will install water meters for the bulk customers such as in high rise societies and industrial sectors in the beginning. After this, we will install the water meters in individual households.”

“We will install water meters in buildings which get supply from the 50mm-pipeline or bigger. There are around 400 such consumers. Once the meters will be installed, we will decide on the water rates per kiloliters for bulk consumers. The work on the installation of meters will be started within two months,” Arora said.

“Many consumers keep their taps when water is being supplied. This causes massive water wastage. If we install meters, we will be able to calculate their exact consumption and charge them accordingly,” Arora said.

On the other hand, residents also welcomed this decision of the Noida Authority.

“On several previous occasions, we have suggested Noida Authority to install meters, regulate bills and systematise the billing system for water consumption in high rise buildings,” said Rajiva Singh, President of Noida Federation of Apartment Owners Association (NOFAA).

Alok Shroff, a resident of Sector 76, said, “After the installation of water meters, the builder will not charge the residents as per his rule. Right now, the builder charges the residents almost two times more than what authority charges the builder.”

Noida to introduce new system to manage traffic lights as per vehicle density

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To make traffic management more robust and intelligent, the Noida Authority is planning to introduce Adaptive Traffic Control System (ATCS) which will be capable to manage the traffic lights according to the density of vehicles on each of the roads at intersections. visitor management system

The ATCS will automatically turn the signal to green when it will sense the higher density of vehicles at a particular stretch. The new system will also turn the signal to red in case of no vehicles on the stretch. This system will be equipped to measure the density of vehicles till 800 meters from the intersection. It will automatically synchronise the signals as per the real-time traffic conditions.

An official of Noida Authority said, “The ATCS will help the traffic police to effectively manage the congestion and traffic problem in the city. The supposed budget for this is Rs 25 crore.”

“In this system, a traffic signal controller, vehicle detectors, application software, central control station and communication network are set up. The system uses stop line detectors and signal changes can be done by the central control room. Traffic signals can also change automatically on the basis of traffic volume detected on a road,” said the official.

Noida will be the first city in Uttar Pradesh to implement such kind of system. This technology has already been used in the cities like Bhubaneshwar, Indore and Surat.

RP Singh, a project engineer of Noida Authority said, “We will soon hire a private agency for this project and our aim is to implement this system in next three months after completing all formalities.”

Singh also said that Rs 20 crore will be spent on the installation work of the new traffic signal system and Rs 5 crore will be spent on its maintenance.

At present, there are 112 traffic signals in the city and they function manually. If any signal does not work properly then it causes the traffic problem or increases the chance of an accident especially during peak hours. Fifty percent of the traffic signals are not working properly and 20 percent traffic signal are damaged due to the thunderstorm.

Noida: Is SSP’s surprise check an attempt to divert attention from SOG debacle?

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In the wee hours, the SSP of Gautam Budh Nagar, Ajay Pal Sharma on Saturday conducted a surprise check by moving in an auto-rickshaw around Noida and Greater Noida. But, the big question is that whether he was trying to divert the media attention from the Special Operations Group (SOG) debacle that UP police faced on Friday.

In a major embarrassment to the UP Police, the entire SOG of the Crime Branch was dissolved after a list of illegal collection from businessmen and traders went viral on social media.

Without giving any information to any police station, SSP Sharma took a round of the area to check whether policemen were discharging their duties promptly or not.

Sources told City Spidey that the SSP hired an auto rickshaw and took a round of Noida and Greater Noida at around 4 am. He then sent a wireless message about the theft of the same auto on which he was travelling. Sub-Inspector Rajbeer Singh, who should have immediately acted on this wireless message, did not respond and was placed under suspension on charges of dereliction of duty.

During the surprise check, a constable deployed on PCR Van No. 22, signalled the auto on which the SSP was travelling, to stop. The constable wasn’t able to recognise the top cop and asked him to reveal his identity.

As the SSP showed some reluctance, the constable pointed his AK-47 assault rifle towards the top cop and asked him to reveal his identity. The SSP got very happy and gave a cash prize of Rs 500 to the constable and his colleague who were on PCR Van No. 22.

Meanwhile, the top cop and his subordinates, who are usually too media savvy and do not miss any opportunity to be in news all the time, have been reluctant in taking calls from reporters in the backdrop of the shameful incident of taking money from traders and businessmen by the SOG staff.

On the other hand, residents of the city blamed the system. Amit Gupta, a resident of Prateek Wisteria said, “Our system is too corrupt and we have seen this type of illegal collection of money in movies by the police. How can the cops take money from vendors, businessmen in the name of security,” Gupta said.

Rajeev Sharma, a resident of Sector-71 said, “Everyone knows that how police take money from people and every cop has their share according to his post or rank. The collections are divided according to post and rank.”

Noida Crime Branch’s SOG dissolved as ‘collection list’ goes viral on WhatsApp

SSP of Gautam Budh Nagar, Ajay Pal Sharma dissolved the Noida Crime Branch’s Special Operation Group (SOG) after internal messages about alleged bribery and collections from local businessmen and traders became public on Friday.

As per sources, some cops in the department had a heated argument over distribution of money collected from different businessmen and traders. One of the cops however, sent the list of ‘collections’ and share of each police personnel to the UP DGP, O P Singh and he ordered an investigation into the matter.

The list, which soon went viral on Whatsapp, mentions monthly collections ranging Rs. 3000-Rs. 10,000 from different fuel stations, cement manufacturers, hotels, restaurant owners, developers, etc.

The list also mentions the cash which was distributed among cops to buy weapons and air fare for SOG teams’ operations in Bihar.

When City Spidey questioned SSP Sharma regarding the matter, he said that the SOG unit has been dissolved and the accused police personnel has been sent to the police line.

“An inquiry headed by Arun Kumar Singh, SP City Noida is launched into the matter,” he said.

Noida: Traffic police change route in Sector-60 due to Metro construction

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The traffic police in Noida on Saturday issued an advisory regarding the diversion of traffic route in Sector-60 due to the ongoing Metro construction.

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The advisory stated that vehicles coming from the circle in Sector-67 can take a left turn towards Sector-71 to proceed towards DSC road or City Centre.

“Commuters coming from Sector-67 should take a left turn towards Sector-71 and then take U-turn near Sai Temple to go towards the elevated road and Sector-62 to NH24,” read the advisory.

The advisory also stated that vehicles coming from Sector-67 can take a turn towards Balak Nath Tiraha and proceed towards Sector-71 and ahead.

According to traffic police, this diversion will stay for next two months. Construction work of pillars for the Metro is under process and it will take some time to complete. The diversion will be effective till the Metro construction work gets over.

Saurabh Dixit, a resident of Sector 62, said, “Due to this diversion, I spend more time on the road. The diversion has also increased the vehicles on one road and there is heavy traffic during peak hours.”

He also said that commuters were stuck for over an hour during peak hours due to the sudden traffic diversion.