April 12: The buzz in Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon
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April 12: The buzz in Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon

Reassurance to e-rickshaw beneficiaries; former pradhan nabbed under Gangster Act; prayer room lamp claims a life… Here are top nine updates for Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon.

April 12: The buzz in Noida, Ghaziabad and Gurgaon

Here are City Spidey's top nine picks from the National Capital Region (NCR):


Reassurance to e-rickshaw beneficiaries: The Bhartiya Micro Credit (BMC) assured that it would hand over 5,000 e-rickshaws to applicants within two weeks. There were misgivings about the slow pace of delivery of e-rickshaws to beneficiaries under a scheme launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 5. BMC said currently it is in the process of completing formalities. Till date, only 200 vehicles have been handed over to the beneficiaries.

Tender floated for FNG Expressway: The Noida Authority has floated tender for an underpass on the Faridabad-Noida-Ghaziabad (FNG) Expressway in Noida Phase-III, the second time in a year. Last year, the tender had received only a single bid. To be built at Rs 32 crore, the underpass will reduce distance between Faridabad and Ghaziabad and is expected to be finalised by April 26.

Hygiene concern from misplaced garbage: The Federation of Noida Residents Welfare Associations (FONRWA) has taken up the issue of random disposal of garbage with Noida Authority chairman Rama Raman. In a letter to Raman, the federation president pointed out that garbage littered on roads is a cause for concern among residents. He also complained that sweeping of roads, cleaning of storm-water drains and garbage collection are not carried out properly.

Notorious robber in police dragnet: A notorious robber with Rs 12,000 award on his head, was arrested from Phase II police station area on Monday. Avdesh, who took up a job of security guard in 2011, committed as many as three robberies in one night the same year.


Poll rivalry lands ex-pradhan in jail: Rajesh Mavi, former pradhan of Tila Shahbazpur village in Loni, was arrested by police under the Gangsters Act. He was wanted in a case of attempt to murder. He had tried to eliminate Ompal Pradhan, who had defeated him in panchayat polls in December, with the help of sharp-shooters. The accused, along with his two accomplices was sent to judicial custody by a Ghaziabad court.

Chaos reigns Meerut trisection: Three mega projects under way near the Meerut trisection are causing chaos at the nerve centre of traffic flow in the city. All efforts by the traffic police to ease congestion on the road failed. Hours of traffic snarls have become commonplace at the narrow junction.


Time to reap solar power harvest: Rooftop solar plants, a part of Haryana Government's solar power policy, is expected pay rich dividends. The state government has set a target of 1,600MW power to be generated through these plants by 2021-22. The policy mandated installation of solar power plants of 3-5 per cent connected load for all residential buildings on plots of 500 square yards and more.

Bike taxies caught in legal hurdles: Bike taxis are fast catching up with the residents. But the future of this new mode of public transport, for last-mile connectivity, is clouded in legal wrangles. The Transport Department has yet to decide on the colour of their number plates, registration for commercial use, taxes to be levied and commercial licence for the bike taxi drivers.

Prayer room lamp causes death: A fire ignited by a lamp in the prayer room claimed the life of a 90-year-old man in Vatika City society on Sohna road on Monday. Phool Singh Kataria, a relative of former Haryana sports minister Sukhbir Kataria, died of asphyxiation after a fire broke out in his flat. Doctors said he sustained no burn injuries.