Get ready for four smart cities along Yamuna e-way
The Yamuna Expressway industrial development authority ( YEIDA) that c o n t r o l s 1 6 5 k m Ya m u n a Expressway, has made many announcements in last four years to boost urbanisation in its two lakh hectare area. However, the impact of these ambitious big announcements is yet to be felt on the realty sector.
On September 15, 2014, YEIDA had decided to develop four smart cities along Yamuna e-way, an entry-restricted road that connects Greater Noida with the international tourist hub of Agra. The four urban centres are expected to accommodate people wanting to move to cities from villages or coming to new urban areas for employment.
These new cities along the e- way are to be developed in Aligarh, Mathura, Agra and Hathras district areas located along this high-speed link. The UP government and YEIDA opened the e-way to public on August 9, 2012 but the authority is yet to deliver a residential project to people.
“These four urban centres project is at a very nascent stage. The authority is busy making drawings for these projects. It takes a long time to execute such big projects because of the approvals be taken from multiple authorities. But yes, these four urban areas will be better than what a smart city promises,” said RK Singh, additional chief executive officer (ACEO) at YEIDA.
YEIDA had in 2014 announced its plans to develop a 11,100 hectare (half the size of Noida) urban centre (city) in the Tappal-Bajna area in Aligarh; a n 8,910-hectare area city in Raya of Mathura district; a 10,600-hectare city in Agra and 1,500-hectare city in Hathras. The author- ity had also said it would come up with a residential scheme by the end of 2015. According to officials, the total area under the Master Plan-2031 measures over two lakh hectares, and is expected to have a population of 21 lakh by 2031. This land to be urbanised is located along theE-way.
At present, private builders are constructing eight residential projects along this e-way scheduled to be ready by the end of 2017-18. These projects fall in Gautam Budh Nagar district. Apart from this no builder is developing residential projects along the e-way in Aligarh, Agra or Mathura areas, said officials.
There are many reasons why many developers will not be tempted to invest in areas along the e-way. Poor law and order, land acquisition disputes, poor electricity supply, red tape and lack of job creation are some reasons delaying urbanisation.
The authority is yet to procure land for these four urban centres.“We have decided to directly purchase land from farmers from these projects. We will soon chalk out a plan and work out the timelines,” says Singh.
Four smart cities are expected to come up along the Yamuna Expressway that will accommodate people wanting to move to cities from villages.