Which one is better?
Does the new Master Plan of Greater Noida aim to overcome the shortcomings of Noida’s Master Plan?
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.