Transformation Ahead: Noida, Greater Noida, Ghaziabad to Embrace New Era with Airport, Rapid Rail, and Namo Bharat

Noida: Brace yourselves for a remarkable makeover! Noida, Greater Noida, and Ghaziabad are on the brink of a significant transformation with the introduction of new airport infrastructure, rapid rail networks, and the pioneering Namo Bharat trains. The recent emphasis on the Transit Oriented Development (TOD) policy in Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman’s budget promises a wave of development set to redefine the landscape of these NCR cities in the near future, according to a report by TOI.

TOD Policy: A Catalyst for Urban Evolution

Uttar Pradesh’s implementation of the TOD policy in 2022 marks a pivotal step towards urban rejuvenation. Under this policy, areas within 500m of intra-city mass transit systems, including metro corridors and bus routes, are designated as TOD zones. The objective? To foster the growth of residential and commercial properties along transit routes, promoting pedestrian-friendly environments and bolstering public transport utilization.

Rail Connectivity Revolutionizing Noida’s Landscape

For Noida, the TOD policy assumes critical importance, especially with the impending inauguration of the Jewar international airport and the integration of various transit systems like metro, expressways, pod taxis, and rapid rail. Notable initiatives include a 72km rapid rail corridor connecting Noida to the Jewar airport via Greater Noida West, alongside a 28km pod taxi/light rail route from Pari Chowk.

Ghaziabad’s Urban Renaissance in the Pipeline

Ghaziabad, too, is poised for a dramatic facelift. With a keen focus on the 17km operational rapid rail section and the imminent launch of the entire Namo Bharat corridor from Sarai Kale Khan to Meerut, the city is primed for substantial growth. TOD zones featuring mixed land use are expected to thrive, with Ghaziabad eyeing an annual revenue of Rs 1,500 crore from these projects.

A Vision for Tomorrow: Transformative Plans Unveiled

According to RK Singh, former district magistrate of Ghaziabad, the envisaged increase in Floor Area Ratio (FAR) is anticipated to nearly double revenue from mixed land use in TOD zones. He underscores the pivotal role of such revenues in fueling development projects undertaken by the Ghaziabad Development Authority (GDA).

The ambitious plans include the recovery of project costs exceeding Rs 30,000 crore by 2054, as confirmed by Asheesh Shivpuri, former chief town planner of GDA. With TOD zones spanning across various districts, including Sahibabad, Ghaziabad, Guldhar, Duhai, and Muradnagar, the stage is set for a paradigm shift in urban living.

Stay tuned for the dawn of a new era in Noida, Greater Noida, and Ghaziabad as they embrace progress with open arms.


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