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.

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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.

Visitors to Noida district hospital may need passes from Feb

To better manage the crowd at Noida district hospital, the hospital’s management is planning to implement passes for visitors. If things go as planned, the process may be implemented from next month.

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If implemented, only one or two people accompanying the patient will be allowed to enter the hospital. While some visitors say the decision is indeed required, others maintain that relatives visiting from far away places should be allowed to stay with the patient.

Currently, there is no restriction on the number of people accompanying patients in the district hospital. The large crowd of visitors not only causes problems for the staff, but also for the patients. And hence, the hospital management is mulling the implementation of a visitor-pass system. Noida News

More than one or two family members, or visitors, will not be able to stay near the patient at any given point. Passes will also be required if one is just visiting the patient.

Chief medical superintendent, Dr Ajay Agarwal, said, “The way it is right now, several family members stay back with a single patient. This causes a lot of problems, for patients and hospital staff alike. And hence, we are thinking of the visitor-pass system from February 1. This will keep a check on the huge crowds accompanying patients.”

Satpal Singh, who came to the hospital for treatment, supported the hospital’s decision and admitted that one caretaker was usually enough for a single patient. But Sarita Devi, who was at the hospital to take care of her mother, Murti Devi, felt otherwise. She explained those travelling from far away to visit patients should be allowed to stay.

Helpline to register electricity-related complaints in Noida

In a bid to streamline electricity-related complaints in Noida, the electricity department has started a helpline number for residents, who will no longer have to call the electricity office to lodge their complaints or get necessary information.

The helpline number, 1912, is active and residents have already started calling. Once a consumer’s phone number is registered, he or she will regularly keep getting updates on plans and services on their phones via SMS, along with any information regarding the status of their complaint. Noida News

Gajendra Singh, an official of the electricity department, said the helpline would also allow consumers to get their electricity bills via phone. Those who use smartphones can also get updates via WhatsApp once their number is registered. Information on power cus or shutdowns can also be availed on this.

Will Greater Noida get Ganga jal by October 2018?

Residents of Greater Noida and GreNo West will receive Ganga water supply from this year. According to officials of Greater Noida Development Authority, the Ganga Jal project for the city will be completed by October this year, and supply will be initiated thereafter.

But promises are often broken.

The project was to be completed in 2013, but is still continuing. Though the authority is promising water by year-end, according to sources, only one-fourth of the work is complete. Noida News

This supply — when it begins — will replace extraction and consumption of groundwater for residents of Greater Noida.

However, looking at previous records, the claims of the authority seem to be rather far-fetched.

Greater Noida Authority had launched the scheme to supply Ganga water in the city about 10 years back. Land was acquired for the project in 2007, while work started in 2010. At the time, the project budget was Rs 300 crore. The authority loaned credit from National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB).

The project was to be completed in 2013, but that never happened. In April 2016, the authority set a new target of March 2018, but fearing non-completion, they set a final date for October 26, 2018.

Rajiv Tyagi, general manager of the project, said, “The work of laying the pipeline from NTPC to Dehra is under way. The construction of the 11-km pipeline will be completed in June this year, 26 per cent of the work is complete. The water treatment plant is being built in Palla village. Water will be carried by pipelines from Palla to Greater Noida.”

The work of the project has been delayed owing to protests from villagers, he added.

Under the project, 85 cusecs of water will be supplied to Greater Noida. Two to three lakh households will be supplied Ganga jal in the first phase. Authority officials said that Ganga water will not be mixed with groundwater. In the second phase, the rest of the households will be covered.

The question — is the authority to be believed? Will the residents get respite from the muddy groundwater any time soon?

Noida: A PVVNL helpdesk will address all consumer issues from the new year

Considering the problems of consumers, Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitaran Nigam Limited (PVVNL) will be starting a helpdesk from the new year. This helpdesk will address all consumer-related complaints and issues, including bill generation, correcting faulty bills and getting new or temporary connections. The helpdesk will be started in two divisions — the first one set up at the Sector 18 Customer Care Centre of the electricity department and the second one in Sector 20.

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Rakesh Kumar, superintending engineer of PVVNL, said all formalities for starting the service had been completed. “It will be managed by a private agency, which has also been finalised,” he added.

Officials said consumers would no longer have to run around to get their problems addressed and that this would be a one-stop solution for all their issues. Information related to consumers and the power department can also be obtained from the helpdesk.

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