On the path of smart de­vel­op­ment

FFrom re­vivingii theth dy­ingdi BadhkalB dhk l Lake to re­vamp­ing the city’s drainage net­work sys­tems, Farid­abad is all set to go smart

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For­tune seems to be favour­ing Farid­abad. Last year it got con­nected to the Metro and just a few weeks ago it was listed as a fast track smart city. I t s dy­ing l ake, Bad­khal, will be re­vived and de­vel­oped as a tourist at­trac­tion. Wa­ter har­vest­ing, wa­ter qual­ity mon­i­tor­ing and in­tel­li­gent traf­fic man­age­ment sys­tems will also be put in place, fast track­ing its de­vel­op­ment as a mod­ern city. A move is be­ing made to shift Farid­abad’s fo­cus to the ser­vice in­dus­tries though it is known for its core in­dus­tries. Ef­forts are also be­ing made to im­prove its in­fras­truc­ture. In the process, it’s likely that peo­ple flock­ing to Millennium City Gur­gaon will soon find an af­ford­able hous­ing al­ter­na­tive here.

The city, last month, was in­cluded in the fast track list of 13 towns that will be de­vel­oped into smart cities. The Mu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion of Farid­abad had sub­mit­ted a smart city pro­posal pro­ject­ing an ex­pe­d­i­ture of ₹ 2,600 crore to the Union min­istry of ur­ban de­vel­op­ment ear­lier this year. The plan in­cluded are­abased de­vel­op­ment pro­pos­als in­volv­ing de­vel­op­ment of an area of 1,267 acres, which will in­clude sec­tors 19,20, 20A, 21A and 21D.

The plan in­cludes retrofitting these sec­tors sur­round­ing Badhkal Lake. It in­cludes three Metro sta­tions, a Metro de­pot, a rail­way sta­tion and two ur­ban vil­lages (Fateh­pur Chan­dela and Ar­jondi) and two reg­u­larised ur­ban slums (Sant Na­gar and Friends Colony). The eco­log­i­cal restora­tion and re­ju­ve­na­tion of the dy­ing Badhkal Lake in­cludes fill­ing the lake with treated wa­ter – which is likely to be done in 300 days. For this an STP plant will be con­structed 2 km away and a pipeline car­ry­ing treated wa­ter will be linked to the cur­rently dry lake, ex­plains D R Bhaskar, nodal of­fi­cer of Farid­abad’s smart city project.

The cost of t he project, ex­pected to be com­pleted in two years, is around ₹ 50 crore. As of now, what’s known is that a wa­ter front and a for­est city will be de­vel­oped around the lake, which will be known as the Bad­khal Ma­rina. It’s part of the Vanikaran Yo­jna of the gov­ern­ment to re­duce pol­lu­tion and de­velop the area for recre­ational ac­tiv­i­ties. The city will also go pedes­trian and cy­clist-friendly with cy­cle tracks and foot­paths of 4 km length along the NH2. The lo­cal rail­way sta­tion is also among 400 rail­way sta­tions that will be de­vel­oped as part of the project, he says.

Other plans in­clude de­vel­op­ing mixed use, high den­sity ave-

The FNG ex­press­way was planned in 1989 and the work started in 1993. Of the to­tal length, around 20 km falls in Noida-Greater Noida, 8 km in Ghazi­abad and around 28 km in Farid­abad. Plans for two bridges have been cleared by the NCR Plan­ning Board. The first will connect the Farid­abad-NoidaG­hazi­abad Ex­press­way from Noida Sec­tor 150 with Farid­abad and the other link is ex­pected to connect Noida Sec­tor 168 with Farid­abad Badoli vil­lage nues, plazas, pub­lic open spa­ces along Metro sta­tions in ar­eas ner the six-lane NH2, in­tel­li­gent traf­fic man­age­ment sys­tems and smart sig­nages.

De­vel­op­ment of this smart clus­ter is ex­pected to im­pact the re­alty mar­ket in the area. Set up to en­cour­age new in­dus­tries, IMT Farid­abad is a flag­ship in­dus­trial town­ship be­ing set up by HSIIDC. It is lo­cated on the Delhi-Agra high­way over an area of 1,800 acres. In­dian Oil Cor­po­ra­tion Lim­ited (IOCL) is set­ting up re­search and de­vel­op­ment project in the com­plex “It will be one of the driv­ers that will boost the im­age of the city, make it far more liv­able,” says RC Gupta, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, RPS Group.

The Greater Farid­abad 2031 Master Plan that is yet to be no­ti­fied has a pro­vi­sion for around 35 new res­i­den­tial sec­tors, out of which five to seven are in­sti­tu­tional and in­dus­trial, he says. Be­sides, the wi­den­ing of the NH2 to a six-lane ex­press­way that is un­der ad­vanced stages of con­struc­tion will boost con­nec­tiv­ity with the Cap­i­tal.

RPS is of­fer­ing around 2,344 units in RPS Sa­vana project in Sec­tor 88. “Over 1,700 apart­ments have al­ready been de­liv­ered and 1,000 fam­i­lies have moved in. The com­pany has de­liv­ered 19 tow­ers and eight more are ex­pected to be com­pleted by Septem­ber this year. The com­pany plans to launch RPS Palm Ex­ten­sion and an RPS Auria Ex­ten­sion by the end of this year,” Gupta says.

BPTP, an­other real es­tate com­pany, has given around 9,000 units for pos­ses­sion. It has no new launches planned in the near fu­ture. “The mar­ket has been taken over by end-users, es­pe­cially those work­ing in Gur­gaon. Buy­ers are mostly peo­ple in the in­come bracket of ₹ 10 lakh to ₹ 12 lakh per an­num,” says a com­pany spokesper­son.

Ra­jiv Bhasin, bro­ker with Bhasin Es­tates, says that prices of projects in Sec­tor 88 range from ₹ 44 lakh to ₹ 46 lakh for a 2BHK and ₹ 61 lakh for a 3BHK.

Ar­jun Puri, di­rec­tor of Puri Con­struc­tions, says the com­pany plans to launch a 100-acre town­ship in Sec­tor 88 – both plots and floors in a cou­ple of months. The com­pany has so far de­liv­ered close to 1,000 units in the area.

SUB­HASH SHARMA

Farid­abad, last month, was in­cluded in the fast track list of 13 towns that will be de­vel­oped into smart cities.

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