Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav on December 14 launched, dedicated and laid the foundation for 21 projects in Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway, cost estimated for which were around Rs 5,500 crores. The Chief Minister, who had earlier promised to come to Noida for this, decided to inaugurate the projects via video-conferencing from Lucknow instead. According to a popular urban myth, Noida is a jinxed place for chief ministers as purportedly any CM visiting Noida ends up losing his post soon after.
Live feeds of the programme were beamed from three location in Noida — Noida Stadium, Botanical Garden Bus Stand and Botanical Garden Metro Station. Three giant screens were installed at the venues for residents of the city to watch the show.
Here are some of the major projects and new facilities introduced by the CM:
CM Akhilesh Yadav gave a go-ahead to two important transport projects — the long awaited City Bus service connecting Noida and Greater Noida and the under-trial Metro line between Botanical Garden in Noida and Kalindi Kunj in Delhi. Yadav also laid the foundation for two mega-transport projects — a proposed 14.95 km Metro corridor from Sector 71, Noida, to Knowledge Park V in Greater Noida (West) estimated at Rs 2,668 crore, and an elevated rotary interchange between sectors 145 and 150 at a cost of Rs 140 crore.
The CM also inaugurated 11 infrastructure projects in Noida, which include the underpass at Model Town, an elevated road from NTPC to Sector 61 and a 200-vehicle underground parking space in Sector 95.
New cricket stadium and sports complex
A cricket stadium in Sector 21A, with crowd-seating capacity of 25,000, and a sports complex in Greater Noida were also inaugurated.
The CM dedicated 8,300 affordable housing flats in Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway at a cost of Rs 507 crore.
Cycle tracks in Gautam Budh Nagar measuring 89.5 km in Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway will be coming up at a cost of around Rs 49 crore.
New police stations
New police stations are coming up in Sector 71 and Sector 135 of Noida. The first Nari Niketan of Noida, in Sector 34, was also inaugurated by the CM.
PK Aggarwal, ACEO of Noida Authority, told City Spidey that all the projects inaugurated were beneficial to residents of the Gautam Budh Nagar.
AN Dhawan, general secretary of federation of Noida RWAs, or FONRWA, also shared the same sentiments as Aggarwal. "Transport is the biggest problem in Noida," said Dhawan. "The elevated roads and underpasses planned will bring much-needed relief to the residents of the city. Metro trial is also a big relief for those commuting between Noida and Kalindi Kunj and once the Metro is up-and-running, it will definitely help decongest that route."