Which one is bet­ter?

Does the new Master Plan of Greater Noida aim to over­come the short­com­ings of Noida’s Master Plan?

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When the New Okhla In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Author­ity (NOIDA) was con­sti­tuted un­der the UP In­dus­trial Devel­op­ment Act of 1976, the fo­cus was on planned devel­op­ment of an area to be put to in­dus­trial and other uses. When Greater Noida was carved out later, the idea was to en­sure that the draw­backs in Noida’s plan­ning would be over­come in the Master Plan drawn up for the new city.

It’s per­haps the best planned city in the NCR, says Rakesh Ya­dav of An­triksh group. Since Noida ini­tially had only plot­ted res­i­den­tial devel­op­ment, there was di­rect ap­proach to the dwellings from the main road. This has been over­come while plan­ning for Greater Noida. In this de­vel­op­ing city, the ap­proach is through a 60 m sec­tor road rather than the main road or the ex­press­way, Ya­dav says.

Agrees Rama Raman, CEO of both Noida and Greater Noida au­thor­i­ties. “Even when we sent the draft Greater Noida Master Plan 2021 to the Na­tional Cap­i­tal Re­gion Plan­ning Board last year, the board ap­pre­ci­ated the green cov­er­age and the balanced al­lo­ca­tion for res­i­den­tial, in­dus­trial and in­sti­tu­tional sec­tors.”

In the Greater Noida Master Plan roads have been made wider, in­fra­struc­ture has been planned as per re­quire­ments of the ever in­creas­ing pop­u­la­tion and water sup­ply is adquate. In that re­spect the Greater Noida Master Plan has been con­sciously de­signed to en­sure that the draw­backs in the Noida Master Plan stand cor­rected, Raman says.

As for the big­gest chal­lenge in im­ple­ment­ing the amended pro­vi­sions in the Noida Master Plan 2031 is pro­vid­ing for in­fra­struc­ture for the grow­ing pop­u­la­tion of the city, he says, adding “new in­fra­struc­ture needs to be pro­vided for and even old in­fra­struc­ture needs to be strength­ened to meet the in­creas­ing re­quire­ments.” For com­plet­ing ex­ist­ing in­fras­truc- ture projects in Noida, the government will spend R13,000 crore. As for im­ple­ment­ing the in­fra­struc­ture projects in Master Plan 2031, no es­ti­mates have been ar­rived at yet, says Raman.

Land ac­qui­si­tion is not much of a chal­lenge in Noida as much of it has al­ready been ac­quired. How­ever, it’s a huge chal­lenge in case of Greater Noida, he adds.

Both Master Plans are per­haps the best in NCR. Noida scores with its prox­im­ity to Delhi and with the new Taj Ex­press­way be­com­ing op­er­a­tional, Greater Noida is also set to be­come a con­nec­tiv­ity hub, adds R K Jain, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, Wave In­frat­ech.

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