Noida’s plan to replace 74,000 street lamps with LED bulbs has been selected as a joint winner for a central government-affiliated agency’s award in the energy efficiency category, officials said on December 24, 2019.
The Noida Authority’s project, which is expected to save 56 per cent energy, has been chosen for the “Smart City – Empowering India Awards’ under the aegis of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Affairs (MoHUA), a senior official said.
“The project has been chosen under the category ‘Best Climate Smart City Project’ for retrofitting of 74,000 number of street lights with energy efficient LED lights as the joint winner,” Noida Authority General Manager Rajeev Tyagi said.
MoHUA Minister Hardeep Singh Puri will present the award to winners on January 10, 2020, he said. Tyagi said no cost was incurred by the Noida Authority for the project, which was being executed by Tata Projects Limited under the Esco model.
“The private company has replaced all conventional bulbs with energy efficient LED lights and they will get their money from the money saved in power bills. The authority has not paid them any money,” he said.
The project will also cut carbon emission by 1.87 lakh tonnes, according to the Noida Authority.
Noida Authority to build road using plastic waste, in the city
In an effort to manage plastic waste in the city, the Noida Authority has started using plastic waste along with bituminous concrete, in the construction of a road in the city
To manage plastic waste in the city, the Noida Authority has started using it in construction of a road in the city. The construction work began September 13, 2019, along both the lanes of the expressway on a 2.5-km-long stretch between Sector 14A and the Filmcity Flyover where plastic waste has been used along with bituminous concrete on both sides of the road, the authority said. “The authority is making efforts for the better disposal of plastic waste and this initiative is a part of that. Also, the roads thus constructed, will have reduced cost and longer durability, as studies have suggested,” Noida Authority CEO Ritu Maheshwari said. “In the future also, all road projects in the city will include the use of plastic waste. This will help dispose plastic and be a major step towards better waste management,” she said.
Not only will the use of plastic waste in road building result in better performing roads with improved longevity, shared authority officials citing scientific studies but this move will have multiple latent benefits. “From the laboratory and field studies, it has been concluded that with the usage of processed plastics in bituminous mixes, the life of a pavement can be enhanced 2 to 3 times by the addition of 8 per cent plastic modifiers,” said general manager and chief engineer Rajeev Tyagi.
On the waste management front, garbage without plastic can be composted easily and sold to farmers as organic matter, reducing their dependence on chemical fertilisers. “Rag pickers will benefit financially as they can earn a living by selling the collected littered plastics bags. Employment opportunities will be created for a large number of people, both, directly and indirectly,” he said.
Commercial areas to be cleaned at night: Noida CEO
Sweeping, in the commercial areas of Noida, will take place during the night instead of day, the Noida Authority has decided, with markets’ associations lauding the move
July 17, 2019: The Noida Authority’s newly-appointed chief executive officer (CEO) Ritu Maheshwari, on July 17, 2019, said that cleanliness drives should be carried out in commercial areas of the city, during night time. “With vehicles occupying a lot of space in markets during the day, it becomes difficult for sanitation workers to effectively sweep the area. Hence, this decision,” she added. The Authority officials did not mention by when this new directive would be implemented but said it would be done ‘soon’.
Sector 18 Market Association president Sushil Kumar Jain, said the new CEO’s decision was a commendable step, which would not only send out a good message about cleanliness but also boost trade opportunities. “We had been demanding this for a long time. Earlier also, similar efforts were made but could not sustain for long. This time, we are hopeful it will work. There is also need for dustbins at various spots in markets, which will help in maintaining cleanliness,” he said.
“We are thankful to the new CEO for according priority to markets and traders but we hope her instructions are effectively implemented by the Authority staff,” Jain added.
Maheshwari held an inter-department meeting, where she also directed officials to ensure elimination of open dumping spots at public areas within 45 days. “There are 360 such open dumping zones in the city and the Health, Civil and Horticulture Departments have been asked to work in tandem, to ensure their clearance and beautification of these sites by August 31,” Maheshwari said.
Noida Authority to observe ‘month of beautification’ for the city, in November
Roads free of potholes and encroachments and streetlight poles without any posters, will be the priority works for the Noida Authority, which declared that it will observe November as the ‘month of beautification’
October 18, 2018: Noida Authority chairman and chief executive officer Alok Tandon, has directed all wings of the New Okhla Industrial Development Authority (NOIDA) engaged in maintaining civic amenities, to ensure the beautification of the city during the month of November. “All streets and roads shall be pothole-free and resurfaced, wherever needed, while all footpaths and central verges shall be repaired and painted as per need,” the Noida Authority said, in a statement. “Unpaved right of way shall be made dust-free by the Horticultural Department, while all water and sewer campuses, including the sewage treatment plants, shall be painted as per need,” it added.
The Authority said it would also ensure that all overhead water and sewer pipelines were rid of rust and painted as required, while all work circles should strictly take care of removing encroachments in their area. “The Electrical Department shall ensure that all streetlight poles are free from advertisements, posters and banners. They (poles) must be painted,” it said.
The Public Health Department has been directed to ensure cleaning of all drains, while the officials concerned will make sure that the roads dedicated for mechanical sweeping were cleaned mechanically, the statement added. “The Horticultural Department shall ensure beautification of all central verge and green belts and that vertical gardens are planted under the metro rail tracks and elevated roads in the city,” it said. According to the statement, all senior officials concerned shall obtain the necessary approval for their respective works, within this month.