Here are City Spidey's top nine picks from the National Capital Region (NCR):
Odd-even push to car sale: January and April saw steep rise in the registration of private vehicles in the city. January alone witnessed registration of 1,887 privately owned four-wheelers, up 17 per cent from 1,614 in December. The figure, however, dropped to 1,572 in February and remained literally unchanged at 1,576 in March. The trend is attributed to the rush to buy an extra car to beat the odd-even scheme in Delhi among the residents of Noida who have to travel to Delhi or Gurgaon to commute to their places of work.
Proposal to rechristen Sector 18: From Sector 18 to City 18! There is a proposal from Promoters of DLF Mall of India to rename the city's main commercial hub to promote it as the NCR’s entertainment hub. The mall officials, who are in talks with Noida Authority for name change, claimed positive response from the Noida Authority officials. However, Noida Authority Chairman and CEO Rama Raman has not yet confirmed acceptence of the request.
Half a dozen applications for FAR reserved: The Noida Authority, while clearing six applications for additional floor area ratio (FAR), reserved approval for about half-a-dozen applications for purchase of FAR. These applications are from the projects in sectors 74, 75 and 76. The move comes against the backdrop of homebuyers’ protests against builders revising project layout plans without authority's nod.
No green nod needed for Metro projects: The Union Environment Ministry has exempted Metro projects from environmental clearance. The Central and state governments and Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) apprised the National Green Tribunal (NGT) about the move on Wednesday. Earlier, a petition alleged that construction of the upcoming Noida-Greater Noida Metro line lacked environmental clearance.
Apply online for industrial plot from next month: Come May, application for industrial land allotment will go online in Greater Noida. The GNIDA will launch trials for the online process from April 30 before making it available to prospective allottees from May 3. The online procedure will allow online payments and GIS-based real time mapping for locating available plots in the city.
Family of SI to meet CM for CBI probe into his death: Two days after sub-inspector Akhtar Khan was killed at a gangster's hideout in Dadri, his family has decided to approach Uttar Pradesh chief minister Akhilesh Yadav for a CBI probe into his death. The family members of the deceased cop, who have no faith in the UP Police investigation, alleged that the police are hiding facts. They will submit a memorandum to the CM to this effect.
Fatal road accident: Two killed and four others injured as the Swift Dzire they were travelling broke through the railings of a railway overbridged in front of Raj Nagar District Centre and landed on the road below on Wednesday. The accident occurred around 4 am when the car, returning from Hapur Chungi went berserk.
Huda panel on allotment of official houses: With a view to crack the whip on officials continuing to occupy official accommodations after being transferred to other departments or places, Huda has formed a committee to streamline allotment of official houses. Huda has over 200 houses in the city allotted on the basis of availability. Many officials posted at Huda's Gurgaon office have to look for private accomodation as transferred officials refuse to vactate official houses.
Property owners free to generate and sell solar power: All property owners in the city now can install grid-connected rooftop solar power plants of capacity ranging from 1kWp to 1 MWp. The Haryana government has made an announcement to this effect under net-metering regulations. Power generated from plants can be sold either to the government or third party.