Get ready for four smart cities along Ya­muna e-way

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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.

SU­NIL GHOSH / HT

Four smart cities are ex­pected to come up along the Ya­muna Ex­press­way that will ac­com­mo­date peo­ple want­ing to move to cities from vil­lages.

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