Here are City Spidey's top six picks from the National Capital Region (NCR):
E-challan delayed by a week: The launch of the e-challan system and a mobile application to fine traffic violators in Noida failed to meet their original deadline. The launches are now scheduled for next week. The delay is attributed to the transport department’s preoccupation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit. Last month, the department issued about 30 challans during the trial.
Illegal buildings on government land razed: In a drive against encroachment, Noida Authority demolished 50 illegal structures on government land in Sector 81 near Salarpur village. These structures were built on nearly 31 acres of land meant for industrial use. An FIR has been lodged against two developers for plotting and selling houses on government land.
A ray of hope for industrial township: The integrated industrial township in Greater Noida proposed under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor (DMIC) saw a way forward on Friday. Secretary, Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), and CEO and managing director, DMIC, conducted a site inspection for the project. GNIDA officials described their meeting with the DIPP secretary as a step forward to the realisation of the township.
MCG’s tainted five under scanner: Your birth and death certificates will no longer be stuck in official wrangle and red tape. This is the assurance of the Haryana government, which has ordered a check on corrupt MCG officials by a special vigilance team. It has identified birth and death registration, building plan, engineering, licence and property tax as five of the most tainted wings of the MCG.
‘Mafia’ behind tree felling: The Forest Department caught two persons felling trees in a densely forested area of Mangar. Their intention, officials say, was to encroach on land off the Gurgaon-Faridabad highway. According to environmentalists, this is not an isolated incident. They say trees are still being cut, even as the duo stays in police custody. They suspect the role of an organised mafia behind the operation.
Cabbies, autowallas wary of CNG norm: A Supreme Court directive to convert all commercial passenger vehicles into CNG-operated ones is causing disquiet among cab operators and auto drivers. They feel the 10 CNG refilling stations currently available in the city are too few to cater to the demand of all CNG vehicles. What is all the more intriguing is that only half of these are operational most of the time.