Encroachments off Golf Course Road irk residents

4 Jul 2017, Gurgaon (Hindustan Times)

GURGAON: Large chunks of government land off Golf Course Extension Road have allegedly been encroached on by roadside shops, eateries, liquor vends and plant nurseries, leading to congestion in peak traffic hours.

RAHUL GROVER/HT Government land off Golf Course Extension Road has been encroached on by eateries, shops and nurseries.

Since the stretch serves as a link road to several up and coming sectors, it remains congested during rush hours. Snarls on Gold Course Extension Road often have a knock-on effect, grounding traffic on the internal roads and Sohna Road and further compounding the woes of commuters.

Starting from Sector 62, the extension road has a width of 90 metres, including a green belt which could be used for expanding the road space should the volume of traffic increase.

However, residents said the green belt, an area held by the government, has been encroached on by more than 50 shops and nurseries for several years. They said the encroachments have reduced the road space by almost half.

“The entire green belt area and sidewalks on Golf Course Extension Road, from sectors 62-65, have been taken over by several nurseries and roadside eateries that have come up over the years. This leaves us with little choice than to risk walking on the main road where vehicles ply at high speed,” Varun Kumar, a resident of Sector 65, said.

Residents of the upscale Nirvana Country and sectors 57, 62, 65 and 71 claimed that despite several complaints to the authorities, the encroachments have not been removed.

“Encroachments are being removed phase-wise in every sector and wherever the complaints come from. This matter has been brought to our notice and action will be taken at the earliest. However, i n many cases, the liquor vends have permission from the authorities to operate,” a senior Huda official said.

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 Noida to get 50 transformers for improved power supply

A large number of transformers in the city get overloaded, particularly in summer, and often break down. The power department had sent a requisition to the Noida authority seeking an approval for purchasing 91 transformers for the city.

Noida : Jul 05, 2017 , (Hindustan Times)

Officials said that the new transformers will benefit 30 residential and industrial sectors. They will be installed in sectors 5, 6, 11, 12, 22, 34, 53, 57, 58, 59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 76, 77, 81, 83, 84, 86, 121, 125, 126 and 131

The Noida authority has approved the purchase of 50 transformers of 400kVA capacity by Paschimanchal Vidyut Vitran Nigam Limited ( PVVNL) to improve power supply in the city.

A large number of transformers in the city get overloaded, particularly in summer, and often break down. The power department had sent a requisition to the Noida authority seeking an approval for purchasing 91 transformers for the city.

Noida authority provides the necessary infrastructure to the power department and its maintenance is taken care of by the department.

Officials said that the new transformers will benefit 30 residential and industrial sectors. They will be installed in sectors 5, 6, 11, 12, 22, 34, 53, 57, 58, 59, 60, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67, 68, 69, 70, 76, 77, 81, 83, 84, 86, 121, 125, 126 and 131.

The outgoing superintending engineer of PVVNL, Mukul Singhal, said the Noida authority has approved the purchase of 50 transformers of 400 kVA capacity each but is yet to transfer funds for the same.

“We are yet to get Rs11 crore transferred to our account. As soon as we get the funds, we will transfer the same to our headquarters. Most likely, we will procure the transformers from the PVVNL store in Ghaziabad,” he said.

A large number of transformers in Noida get overloaded frequently. There are nearly 4,000 transformers of 25 kVA, 63 kVA, 100 kVA, 160 kVA, 250 kVA, 400 kVA, 630 kVA and 1000 kVA in Noida. According to the Singhal, over 1,000 of them are often overloaded, which sometimes leads to malfunctioning and low voltage supply.

The new transformers will not only reduce the burden on the existing infrastructure but will also improve the reliability of power supply, officials said.

“We will install the new transformers at critical areas where transformers get overloaded. Some of the transformers will also be installed in areas where there is a problem of low voltage due to the distance between the transformer and the consumer,” he said.

Singhal said the areas where the new transformers are to be installed have been identified by the executive engineers concerned. “Of the 50 new transformers, 12 transformers each will be installed in divisions 1 and 3, and 13 transformers each will be installed in divisions 2 and 5,” he said.

According to Singhal, it will take around two months from the date of procurement to install and set up the transformers.