New Noida chief plans reforms


Noida (Uttar Pradesh) : The new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Noida Balwinder Kumar got into his act within 72 hours of assuming office by suspending four engineers following unearthing of blatant irregularities in a construction project in the prime township.

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Kumar, who was specially detailed by Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati to probe the cases of corruption, also ordered large-scale reforms to facilitate the consumer.

"Two senior project engineers were being charge-sheeted for the irregularities. Prima facie, we found the quality of construction far below the specified standards," Kumar told reporters about the suspensions Friday.

Kumar had successfully dug out a Rs.2 billion land scam in UP State Industrial Development Corporation (UPSIDC) barely two months back. He was therefore, handpicked by the chief minister to take over as Noida CEO.

Kumar intends to streamline the basic functioning by introducing "total transparency" in the system.

"Within the next ten days, we are going to have about 65,000 properties registered online; and every allottee of property here will be provided with a user identity to facilitate access to the status of his property from any corner of the world," disclosed Kumar.

"To save the allottees from undertaking long journeys to Noida and to also prevent their harassment by certain unscrupulous officials, we will also extend the facility of making payments through credit cards, across the internet", he said.

"I am not aware whether any other state in the country has introduced this system, but as far as UP is concerned, this will be the first such facility in any government organisation."

The new CEO also set a deadline for disposal of every application or request made by an applicant.

"Every application for mortgage or transfer will be disposed off in four hours on the same day. Applications received by 12 noon will be disposed off by 4 p.m.

"Under no circumstances will the department be allowed to take more than seven days for clearing a building map. Lease-deeds which were understood to be pending for weeks and months will have to be finalised within three days," Kumar said.

To prevent undue harassment of small entrepreneurs, Kumar has decided to do away with the need for clearance of the building map for small industrial plots.