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Nine More Now Make It To Smart Cities List; Ghaziabad, Meerut Miss The Bus

New Delhi: The Centre has included nine more cities from six states and Union territories to its smart city project after rejecting the nomination of several cities which failed to meet the benchmarks set by the government. However NCR Cities like Ghaziabad and Meerut have failed to make the cut.

While four cities nominated by UP could not get selected, one each from Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra could not make it to the list of total 99 cities.

Some states loss meant gains for others. Bihar, Arunachal Pradesh, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh and Sikkim got an additional city each in comparison to what they were initially allotted based on their urban population. UP got the maximum share with three- Bareilly, Saharanpur and Moradabad- out of the nine new cities.

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Aiming To Create More Jobs, Noida Allots Plots To 121 Entrepreneurs

Noida: Encouraging entrepreneurship under Startup India Mission, the Noida development authority on Friday allotted plots to over a dozen entrepreneurs under a startup scheme, which was brought up after the state had witnessed a regime change last year.

In August 2017, the authority had announced industrial plots allotment scheme under which a total of 125 entrepreneurs were to be allotted plots for setting up new industrial units or expanding their branches.

A total of 121 entrepreneurs including startup were allotted plots of different sizes under respective categories. 

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Emerging Affordable Housing Corridors in NCR

Exponential urbanization and tremendous employment opportunities have made NCR one of the fastest-growing regions in the country. It is the largest urban agglomeration in India, with more than 28 million urban residents (around 7.5% of overall country’s urban population). The accelerated urbanization and rampant migration of working population from different states have created a tremendous need for affordable housing in NCR – and the requirement keeps growing.

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A recent ANAROCK report shows that NCR comes out on top in terms of the number of units added in the affordable housing segment (priced < INR 40 lakh) during the last two years, and accounted for around 26-30% of the overall affordable housing segment’s supply across the top Indian cities. The region’s share of new launches in the affordable segment has grown from a mere 21% in 2012 to 71% in 2017 (up to Q3).

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Unscrupulous Developers From Noida, Greater Noida And Yamuna Expressway Likely To Face Criminal Charges

Noida: Chief Secretary of Uttar Pradesh, Rajiv Kumar on Monday told the government is ready with audits’ draft reports of sick residential housing projects in Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway and would get final reports from the agency shortly.

He told media that once the final reports are out, the government will decide amount of penalties based on finding. He said that the government will initiate suitable action based on audit findings. He said that respective developers will face criminal as well civil charges as per findings of audit, carried out of their private housing projects. 

Though, the government had promised delivery of 50000 homes to buyers under the first phase by December-2017. The secretary added that the figure of 25000 has been achieved and similar number of home buyers will be given possession by February next month. He said that other 25000 home buyers will get possession by April this year.

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Sky-Walk ToConnect Delhi, Noida Metros At Sectors 71-52 Junction

Noida: Instead of developing an interchange metro station connecting two different routes at Sector-71 in the city, the Noida Metro Rail Corporation is planning to build up a sky-walk, an overhead pathway, for commuters of Noida's new Sectors and Greater Noida promising seamless services.

Though, the overhead pathway will solve the problem up to some extent but it won't be as convenient as commuters enjoy at an interchange metro station.

At Sector-71 in Noida, there is a gap of half kilometer between two metro stations on two different routes, one is Aqua line connecting Greater Noida with Noida and the other is Blue line connecting Noida with New Delhi.