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Noida to set up NRI City in three sectors
Noida, January 25
The 131st board meeting of the Noida Authority held today has approved a number of important proposals. According to Chief Executive Officer Sanjiv Saran, the Noida Authority has decided to set up dwellings for the juggi dwellers of Noida in Sector 122. The present jhuggi colonies here will be demolished starting from the Sector 8, 9 jhuggis.

MCD dithering over politicians’ illegal constructions
Demolition drive slows down due to police preoccupation with R-Day security

New Delhi, January 25
The Municipal Commissioner of Delhi has so far not issued any notice to politicians involved in unauthorised constructions. Though a list of such politicians has been prepared, a second thought is being given to the issue, sources said.

Delhi to become world-class city in run up to Commonwealth Games 2010: CM
New Delhi, January 25
Expressing confidence that Delhi would host the Asiad 2014 and Olympics 2016, Chief Minister Ms Sheila Dikshit today said the national Capital was set to become a world-class city in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games to be held here in 2010.


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Industrial plots being subdivided illegally in Faridabad
Faridabad, January 25
With real estate rates in full boom, the industrial sectors here have also become the target of the land mafia, which has started illegal fragmentation of the industrial plots, and unauthorised commercial use of the land belonging to the factories here.

R-Day honours for policemen
New Delhi, January 25
Ten personnel of the Delhi Police have been awarded Police Medals on the eve of the Republic Day. Besides, two officers including Special Commissioner of Police, Y.S. Dadwal, and Inspector Surya Kant Patil have been awarded President’s Police Medal for distinguished services. (Awardees in pics)

Mahout hauled up for cruelty to elephant
Ghaziabad, January 25
An elephant has been handed to the Forest Department after it was brought to a police station here along with its mahout for alleged cruelty to the animal. The man-animal duo were taken to Karimnagar police station last evening by People For Animals Ghaziabad unit director Aashima Sharma who alleged that the pachyderm was beaten up with an iron rod on the road.



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Noida to set up NRI City in three sectors
Parmindar Singh

Noida, January 25
The 131st board meeting of the Noida Authority held today has approved a number of important proposals.

According to Chief Executive Officer Sanjiv Saran, the Noida Authority has decided to set up dwellings for the juggi dwellers of Noida in Sector 122. The present jhuggi colonies here will be demolished starting from the Sector 8, 9 jhuggis. A piece of 26 sq mt land will be allotted to each family of 10,000 jhuggi dwellers on a heavily subsidised rate of Rs 62,000 to be paid in instalments .

The allottees will not be allowed to sell the allotted land for the next 10 years. The land will be allotted in Sector 122 and to begin with slums in Sectors 8, 9 and 10 will be demolished and jhuggi dwellers shifted to the new site. The proposal regarding setting up of NRI City is being brought up again in Sectors 96, 97 and 98 on an area of 360 acre. In industrial sector 67 large-sized plots of half to five acre each are being carved out in view of the demand for bigger industrial plots.

Noida residents will be burdened with a water cess of Rs 4 paise per litre from this year because the Noida Authority has been asked to pay Rs 6 crore — Rs 4 crore principal and Rs 2 crore as interest as water cess by the UP Pollution Control Board. This will come to Rs 50 per year for each household, the CEO said.

The Noida Authority’s own six-storeyed building complex will be constructed in Sector 25-A on five acres of land which will have a 10,000 sq mt. office space and a parking lot for 400 cars. The ground floor will house a well-attended reception wing. Some of the departments of public dealings will also be located on the ground floor for people’s convenience.

An architectural presentation is being made by a famous firm of architects. The complex, the CEO said, should be ready in 12 to 14 months’ time at a total cost of Rs 40 crore.

Another decision was to buy 50 CNG deluxe buses at a cost of Rs 35 lakh per bus to ply between Noida and Greater Noida and some destinations in Delhi, viz. railway stations, Dhaula Kuan, ISBTs, etc. This will be a joint project between the Noida and Greater Noida authorities.

Some congested places in Noida like markets and hospitals like Metro Hospital etc were to be provided with additional parking places in parts of public parks. They would have to construct underground parking lots and maintain the parks also, Mr Saran said.

An agreement on the Metro Rail connection was to be signed with the DMRC and the UP Power Corporation soon. Certain tax exemptions like trade tax, construction work tax sought by the DMRC are to be provided to it by UP government departments.

The agreement, Mr Saran said, could be signed by January 31, 2006. The total tax exemption sought by the DMRC is about Rs 611 crore.

Dispelling reports that the Noida Authority was on the brink of bankruptcy, Mr Sanjiv Saran said for the first time in many years the Noida balance sheet for year 2003-2004 had been completed. The one for 2002-2003 was completed a few months ago. During 2003-2004, the Noida Authority has earned an income of Rs 30 crore with Rs 162 crore as income and Rs 132 posted as expenditure. A sum of Rs 67 crore was earmarked for public amenities. The accounts for 2004-2005 would also be ready in a few months’ time, the CEO stressed.

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MCD dithering over politicians’ illegal constructions
Demolition drive slows down due to police preoccupation
with R-Day security
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 25
The Municipal Commissioner of Delhi has so far not issued any notice to politicians involved in unauthorised constructions. Though a list of such politicians has been prepared, a second thought is being given to the issue, sources said.

Their names have cropped up during the demolition drive launched by the civic body following the Delhi High Court direction. There are about 19 such ‘big fish’ in the Capital, who have such illegal constructions on prime locations in the national Capital.

The MCD’s spokesperson, too, denied some reports that showcause notices had been served to politicians for allegedly owning unauthorised constructions. “We have not served any such notice so far,” he said.

Following the Delhi High Court order, the MCD is looking into the legal status of properties belonging to as many as 30 politicians whose names have appeared in the media for allegedly owning unauthorised constructions.

A large number of politicians have figured in news for allegedly owning illegal constructions, including Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, DPCC chief Rambabu Sharma, Urban Development Minister A K Walia as well as opposition BJP leaders Jagdish Mukhi and Jai Bhagwan Aggarwal.

The MCD has to submit an Action Taken Report to the Delhi High Court on January 31 about action taken against unauthorised buildings belonging to politicians.

Meanwhile, the MCD’s demolition drive against unauthorised constructions appears to have slowed down in the national Capital due to non-availability of sufficient police force in view of the Republic Day celebrations, with the civic body today taking action against 16 properties in the Delhi High Court ordered clean-up campaign.

The average number of properties against which the MCD has taken action in the last few days has come down to the range of 12-16.

Earlier in the month, the MCD was taking action against 20-30 properties daily on an average as part of the demolition drive that began on December 19.

The civic body took action against 16 properties today, nine of which were residential in nature and seven commercial, an MCD spokesman said. One residential and one commercial property was fully demolished.

The number of partly demolished constructions stood at seven residential and six commercial, the spokesman said, adding one residential property was sealed. Of the 12 zones, action was not taken in Narela and Rohini zones. The civic body cited police force not being provided as the reason for no action in Rohini zone.

The total number of properties against which MCD has taken action in the demolition drive has gone up to 916.

In another related development, the MCD today put on its website the list of over 18,000 illegal constructions whose demolition the court has ordered, as per a court directive.

Details of the unauthorised constructions, including the address and the violation of the building bye-laws involved, have been displayed on the civic body’s website www.mcdonline.gov.in, an MCD spokesman said.

The illegal constructions are listed zonewise. However, the names of the property owners are not given.

The High Court had on January 18 directed the MCD to put on its website the list of 18,271 illegal constructions in the capital against which it had already ordered that action be taken.

The properties whose details have been displayed on the website were booked for violation of the building bye-laws between January 1, 2001 and July 31, 2005.

The issue of making public the list of illegal constructions saw differences in the city Congress coming out in the open, with Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit demanding that the list be made public to prevent harassment of people, while her own Congress councillors opposed the idea, saying it would create chaos and confusion.

Regarding the issue of farmhouses, the MCD has conducted a survey to find out the violation of the High Court direction in connection with wedding and other social function celebrations. The High Court had issued direction that no function should be celebrated in farmhouses located on roads of less than 30 feet width. The survey report has given a nil report saying that no violation has been done in farmhouses, an official of the civic body said.

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Delhi to become world-class city in run up to Commonwealth Games 2010: CM
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 25
Expressing confidence that Delhi would host the Asiad 2014 and Olympics 2016, Chief Minister Ms Sheila Dikshit today said the national Capital was set to become a world-class city in the run-up to the Commonwealth Games to be held here in 2010.

“These international events are a big challenge as Delhi has to make extensive preparation for the Games. But Delhi would definitely become a world-class city in the run-up to the games,” Ms Dikshit said in her address after taking salute of the parade on the occasion of Republic Day celebrations at the Chattrasal Stadium. She also called upon players to involve themselves in intensive practice and training in view of the Commonwealth Games 2010 so that they can win a number of medals for the country.

Ms Dikshit complimented the role of students in curbing the use of plastic and crackers and controlling pollution. She said the government would start a new programme of cultural exchange for the students with other states.

Earlier, she unfurled the national flag and inspected the parade led by ACP Devtosh Kumar Singh. Led by the Delhi Police contingent, the parade also included contingents of Delhi Police Band, Civil Defence, Delhi Fire Services and NCC.

Students from government and private schools of Delhi also took part in the parade. A colourful cultural programme by students of Delhi schools was also presented.

On the occasion, the Chief Minister presented the ‘Jeevan Rakshak Padak’ to Harry Choudhary, a student of Central School, who saved the life of his sister by fighting off anti-social elements. Eight other senior and junior officers of Delhi Police and NCC were also presented medals.

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Industrial plots being subdivided illegally in Faridabad
Bijendra Ahlawat
Tribune News Service

Faridabad, January 25
With real estate rates in full boom, the industrial sectors here have also become the target of the land mafia, which has started illegal fragmentation of the industrial plots, and unauthorised commercial use of the land belonging to the factories here.

As many as 32 industrial plots have been identified by the Town Planning Department of the Municipal Corporation, Faridabad (MCF), where it has been found that the land meant for industrial purpose had been sub-divided into several plots and a large number of commercial buildings had come up on these plots without any prior sanction or approval by the state government. The department has asked the authorities concerned to lodge an FIR against the defaulters and demolish the unauthorised constructions besides checking the illegal commercial activities from such plots. Any subdivision or leasing out a part of the industrial plot was not allowed till the party concerned was granted a change of land use (CLU) certificate by the state government and any fragmentation of such a plot was banned under Section 350-A of the Haryana Municipal Corporation Act of 1994.

Though the office of the Senior Town Planner of the MCF here had written to the office of the Joint Commissioner, MCF, on November 11, 2005 in this regard with the request to take action against the accused persons, the authorities had not taken any action so far while about two months had passed, claimed social activist K. L. Gera here.

He has announced that he will file a PIL in the high court on the issue within a stipulated time period if no action is taken soon in this regard. He said the Town Planning officials had carried out a detailed survey a few months ago and identified about 32 industrial plots in various sectors of the city, which had gone for illegal subdivision of their plots and had allowed or subleased these for commercial activities.

The Power Department had disconnected the power supply to a banquet hall in Sector 24 here recently, which had also been operating from an industrial plot, on charges of power theft. The officials had recommended registration of cases not only against the owners of these industrial plots but also against the persons or the firms which had purchased the illegally subdivided plots and raised constructions without the approval of the competent authority.

Mr Gera has served a notice on the Commissioner, MCF, asking him to look into the matter and take immediate action against the glaring irregularities and violations of the law. He has also demanded a thorough probe into the matter and action against the officials who had been ignoring these violations deliberately. According to him, this violation is a glaring example of corruption in the civic body. He has threatened to take the matter to the court if the authorities fail to take action soon.

It may be recalled that there had been more than 15,000 industrial units in the city. While a majority of these had been in non-conforming areas, less than 5,000 units were located in the industrial sectors. It is learnt that several of the units facing sickness or low profits had been looking for CLU or change inland use of their commercial nature.

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R-Day honours for policemen
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 25
Ten personnel of the Delhi Police have been awarded Police Medals on the eve of the Republic Day. Besides, two officers including Special Commissioner of Police, Y.S. Dadwal, and Inspector Surya Kant Patil have been awarded President’s Police Medal for distinguished services.

The other policemen awarded include DCP SBS Tyagi, ACP Hoshiar Singh, Insp. A.K. Sharma, Insp. Ashok Mahana, Insp. Priya Mitra Kaushik, S.I. Hashim Sheikh, S.I. (Band) Darshan Singh, S.I. Satya Pada Sarkar, ASI Satya Vir Singh and H/C Nassu Ahmed.

YS Dadwal is presently posted as Special Commissioner (Admn). An IPS officer of 1974 batch of AGMUT Cadre, Dadwal has a varied experience serving in various organisations as well as districts.

Ashok Mahana is presently S.O. to Special C.P. Administration. He joined the Delhi Police as ASI in the year 1977. SK Patil is presently posted as SHO Nabi Karim. He joined the Delhi Police as constable in the year 1974.

P K Mehta, Inspector General of Police cum Chief Security Commissioner, Northern Railway has also been decorated with the President’s Police Medal for distinguished service on the occasion of the Republic Day. Mehta belongs to the 1977 batch of IPS from the Haryana Cadre.

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Mahout hauled up for cruelty to elephant

Ghaziabad, January 25
An elephant has been handed to the Forest Department after it was brought to a police station here along with its mahout for alleged cruelty to the animal. The man-animal duo were taken to Karimnagar police station last evening by People For Animals Ghaziabad unit director Aashima Sharma who alleged that the pachyderm was beaten up with an iron rod on the road.

A couple of hours later, the police handed the animal to the Forest Department.

Forest Department executive director A K Acharya today said the matter would be referred to the court after they draw up a chargesheet against the offender.

He said the elephant was likely to be sent to the zoo by the court. Ill-treatment of an animal is a cognizable offence listed under the Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. — TNS

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Restrictions in Metro service
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 25
In view of security restrictions, Metro trains on Line-2 will not operate between Rajiv Chowk and Central Secretariat from 6.00 am to 12.30 pm on January 26.

Normal train services between Vishwavidyalaya and Central Secretariat stations will resume after 12.30 pm, as per a DMRC statement issued here today.

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