Akhilesh Yadav announces infra development fund

April 8, 2013

Akhilesh Yadav announces infra development fund

HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times  Lucknow, April 03, 2013

 First Published: 17:54 IST(3/4/2013) | Last Updated: 17:58 IST(3/4/2013)
Chief minister Akhilesh Yadav on Tuesday said an infrastructure development fund would be set up with part of the profits of Noida, Greater Noida, GDA, LDA and other such agencies to develop infrastructure across Uttar Pradesh.

He also assured farmers that their interests would be protected.

The chief minister was speaking at a function here to inaugurate/lay foundation stones of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway Industrial Development Authority’s projects worth R 3,337 crore.

Stressing that the state could not be developed without the development of rural areas as well, he said for inclusive growth government policies would have to benefit farmers too.

 ”The state government has withdrawn cases registered against farmers at BhattaParsaul and other places. We will ensure justice to them and their participation in the state’s development,” he said.

Yadav said his government had got in touch with Amul for dairy development to benefit farmers. “Amul has been doing business worth R 40 to 50 crore per month per village in other states. We will open many centres of the company in UP,” he said. He also announced an interest-free loan scheme for dairy development.

Inaugurating OPD services at a Greater Noida hospital, the chief minister spoke to the chief medical superintendent through video-conferencing and instructed him to ensure proper treatment to all patients at the OPD. He further said his government was making all efforts to take the state ahead on the path of development. A number of industrial units had already been set up in Noida and Greater Noida and more would come up soon, he said. “We will continue to make efforts to create a conducive environment to attract investment,” Yadav said. The chief minister asked Noida officers to solve traffic problems there.

He said the total budget of Noida, Greater Noida, GDA and others could be almost equal to the budget of Delhi. “The officers should, therefore, make serious efforts to provide better infrastructure support and cleanliness in the areas around Delhi,” he said.


Multi-level parking at Parade Ground misses high court deadline

April 1, 2013

Multi-level parking at Parade Ground misses high court deadline


NEW DELHI: The North Delhi Municipal Corporation has missed the March 31 deadline of making the parking at Chandni Chowk Parade Ground operational.

The deadline was set by the Delhi High Court. The north body has been able to open only two levels of the underground parking. The parking has four levels, one on the ground and three underground. Only the ground and the upper basement level have been made operational so far.

The civic body officials said some “last-minute work” is being done on the other floors.

Traders of Chandni Chowk have complained to municipal commissioner PK Gupta about the delay. “We would request you to kindly look into the issue and ensure that the parking be made fully operational as per the undertaking given to the Delhi High Court,” wrote the Chandni Chowk Sarv Vypar Mandal.

According to the traders’ body president Sanjay Bhargava, the absence of parking is increasing the pressure on the already congested market, which does not have enough space.

“During weekends when the number of visitors increases, it becomes very difficult to commute in Chandni Chowk as people park cars on the roadside, choking up the carriageway,” he said.

Traders also complain that the nearby Gandhi Ground parking is also in a bad shape and needs renovation.

“The parking is open for the public and people are using it. It is only a matter some time before the entire structure is operational,” said leader of the House Mahender Nagpal.

The unified MCD in February 2012 had inaugurated the 1,020car capacity underground multilevel parking lot in a hurry even before the structure had been completed.

The underground parking will cater to more than 720 cars, while the surface parking area will be utilised for parking of 300 cars.

The parking has been constructed at a cost of R52 crore.






Building 20 km highways per day a long way off

April 1, 2013

Building 20 km highways per day a long way off

NEW DELHI: Building 20 km of road on national highways a day is still a distant dream for the UPA II government.

Four years after the then road minister Kamal Nath had announced the ambitious target, the National Highways Authority of India — the central agency which builds highways across the country – has managed to build just 8 km of highways per day during the financial year 2012-13 that ended on Sunday.

According to statistics made available by the NHAI, the agency was able to construct a little over 2900-km stretch in 2012-13. Though the figure is highest so far (see box), NHAI still has way to go before it is able to meet the 20-km-a-day target. To achieve this, NHAI will not only have to award higher number of highway projects but will also have to build 7000 km stretch every year. Experts say it seems unlikely unless the highway agency augments its capacity.

RP Singh, NHAI chairman, however, said, “Our target was to build 3000 km. Our achievement is much better than expected and is the highest as compared to the previous years”.

But more than meeting its construction target, what has worried road ministry officials is the dismal achievement vis a vis awarding highway projects during 2012-13. The NHAI has been able to award a little over 1,000 km stretch as on March 31 as against the original target of 9,500 km which was later scaled down to 6600 km.

Officials attribute this to a host of factors, including the prevailing market condition and delay in getting environment clearance. “For the time being, we should live with this. There are a number of reasons — administrative such as delay in getting environment clearance, land acquisition etc. and market related which have been responsible for dismal award figures,” BK Chaturvedi, Planning Commission member (infrastructure) told HT.

While NHAI has been able to build 2900 km highways during 2012-13, the road ministry has been able to build an additional 2900 km as part of its various non national highway development projects.

Source- http://paper.hindustantimes.com

These include providing connectivity to the naxal-affected areas and the North-East region.

Chaturvedi is holding a meeting to review the progress of road projects on April 3.

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