This year in January, the UP government notified these 80 villages of which 20 are in Dadri and the remaining in the neighboring Bulandshahr district. The Authority awarded the work of preparing the master plan of the satellite township to SPA in July and the survey of the land was ordered.
A satellite city on Noida’s outskirts has to be developed over 86 villages instead of the 80 already notified by the state government. However, five of the 80 villages could have to be denotified as they are not homogeneously connected to the land that will have to be developed and 11 more will have to be notified. These are the preliminary findings of a survey carried out by the School of Planning and Architecture (SPA).
Officials from the Authority’s planning division said the first step in the process was to superimpose the village map over the revenue map to find out the actual position. SPA managed to conclude the ‘ground-truthing’ (collecting in-situ information of the site and comparing it with the reference data) recent and came back with its findings.
The planning team which worked on the project found out that five villages that had been notified by the government were cut-off from the rest and it seemed difficult to include them in the overall planning of the new town.
An official said, “The land is not homogeneous in nature and the continuity breaks. It will be difficult to amalgamate them during the planning.”
The Authority asked SPA to prepare a detailed report on the matter so that it could be forwarded to the state government for further action. So, while five villages are likely to be denotified, the other 11 will be notified as part the Noida Authority for further development.
Sharing the reason behind the move, an Authority official revealed that NH-91 (NH 34 as per new nomenclature) and the Eastern Peripheral Expressway are coming in between and dissecting the five villages away from the homogeneous cluster. The Authority has been given the responsibility of developing the greenfield satellite industrial township over 20,900 hectares of land.