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Maria Khan

Senior Correspondent, Hindustan Times. Reports on district administration, health, civic issues, and environmental concerns in Noida and Greater Noida. Graduated from MJP Rohilkhand University in 2015 and started career in journalism in 2016, at The Times of India, UP West (Bareilly, Rampur, Moradabad and Sambhal) where reported on a range of issues including crime and politics till November 2021. Working with Hindustan Times since June, 2023.

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‘Plogging’: Health dept, Noida residents join hands for cleanliness

The drive was undertaken to spread awareness among locals regarding cleanliness and encourage them to keep their surroundings clean

Three public parks in the sector -- Nav Grah Vatika, C block park, and another park between A block and C block besides a vacant plot were covered. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 26, 2024 06:08 AM IST

G Noida West: Residents warn of shutting power office over outages

Residents of Greater Noida West threaten protest over daily 6-8 hour power outages. NPCL blames poor power infrastructure at residential societies.

G Noida West: Residents warn of shutting power office over outages
Updated on May 25, 2024 08:58 AM IST
By, Greater Noida

In 22 days, Noida’s power demand increased by 478.4MW,

The 100MVA transformer, located in Sector 29, and responsible for supplying power to divisions 2, 3 and 5, suffered a technical glitch on May 11

Officials said that they have made arrangements for alternative supply, however, they need to enforce a bit of “load shedding” during the evening hours, adding that it appears that it will take some more time to fix the issue. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 24, 2024 06:16 AM IST
By, Noida

Authority inspections find Greater Noida sectors in a mess

Based on complaints, the contractor concerned was directed to prepare a roster and ensure lifting of garbage and cleaning works on daily basis, said officials

During inspections, residents in Beta 1 and 2 alleged that the waste collection vehicles were not coming to the area regularly and cleaning was not being done properly. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 23, 2024 05:54 AM IST
By, Greater Noida

Fire at Noida district hospital; patients in ICU, ER shifted

Fire department officials said the recently replaced batteries of the UPS [uninterrupted power supply] in the server room had allegedly caught fire

The fire was first noticed by a pharmacist on duty after he spotted smoke in the basement and quickly informed the hospital management, besides making a call on the emergency helpline 112
Updated on May 23, 2024 05:50 AM IST
By, Noida

Gautam Budh Nagar administration gears up for counting on June 4

With counting day just a fortnight away, the district administration is gearing up for the process which will be held at the Flower Market in Phase 2. Proper arrangements such as barricading, canopies for shade and tables for counting officials will be made shortly

District administration officials said district magistrate Manish Kumar Verma (left) conducts an inspection at Phase 2 on Monday to take stock of the security arrangements. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 22, 2024 06:42 AM IST
By, Noida

Jewar MLA urges Gr Noida power discom to fix infra, outages

The BJP MLA in a letter addressed to the NPCL’s managing director and chief executive officer PR Kumar highlighted the public grievances about power outages

The NPCL, the power distribution company responsible for supplying electricity in most of Greater Noida, said that it is already working on improvising power infrastructure under its jurisdiction. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 21, 2024 08:28 AM IST

Noida authority warns of action over groundwater wastage

The authority is also sensitising the general public and appealing to not indulge in activities that are leading to wastage of groundwater

Noida’s groundwater level dropped by 9.9 metres in the post-monsoon months, and it reduced by 8.5 metres in the pre-monsoon months between 2017-2023. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 19, 2024 06:26 AM IST

Greater Noida residents want authorities’ action over stray cattle menace

Authorities have said that they are currently in the process of extending the capacity of existing shelter home for cattle in Jalpura, which presently accommodates around 1,500 cattle

Residents want that the authorities should take appropriate and visible action to address their problem. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 18, 2024 07:06 AM IST

3 new power sub-stations to scale up power capacity in Greater Noida

The Noida Power Company Limited is at present facing power demand of 550 MV but the demand is expected to reach to around 700 MW in coming months

3 new power sub-stations to scale up power capacity in Greater Noida
Updated on May 17, 2024 07:20 AM IST

Not liable for damages caused in floodplains, say GB Nagar admin

The district administration said illegal constructions on the floodplains were rampant and the developers were not paying heed to directions from local government bodies and the National Green Tribunal

A view of illegal buildings on the Hindon floodplains near Kulesara. Officials at Gautam Budh Nagar administration said it was not possible to conduct rescue operations on a large scale in case of a flood and with monsoon approaching, the people residing in the restricted zone will be responsible for themselves and any damage caused to their establishments or houses. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Updated on May 16, 2024 06:38 AM IST
By, Noida

Despite repeated fires, horticulture waste dumping continues unabated at Sector 32 yard

Residents and environmentalists said after the massive fire in March this year, the authority had assured residents that it has ’relocated’ the dump yard; however, waste continues to be dumped there

The District Development Residents Welfare Association (DDRWA), an umbrella body of residents, has appealed to the authorities to take necessary action in the matter. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 15, 2024 06:40 AM IST
By, Noida

Sector 49 Labour Chowk to have seating space, drinking water for daily wagers

Besides basic amenities, provision of food on reasonable rates will also be made while road repairing/resurfacing works opposite Sector 48 will be carried out, said authority officials

According to Noida authority officials, around 1,000-1,500 daily wagers arrive at the Sector 49 chowk every day to find daily work. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Updated on May 15, 2024 06:30 AM IST
By, Noida

Gautam Buddha University students get on-site power distribution lessons

The training session aimed to provide students an understanding as to how electricity traverses from power substations to the consumer premises

Students, along with two professors, on Fridaywere given practical insights of the electrical distribution system by the power discom in Greater Noida at the Skill Development Centre in the city. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 13, 2024 07:02 AM IST

Environment activists oppose concretisation around Greater Noida pond

Greater Noida Industrial Development Authority says that the work is being carried out due to security concerns and on the request of local residents

The ongoing work allegedly flouts the government order and the National Green Tribunal’s guidelines besides it’s viewed to be “damaging” the water body. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 13, 2024 06:46 AM IST

Storm fury: 1 killed in roof collapse, 80 trees, poles uprooted across NCR

Gusty winds swept across Gurugram at a speed of 40-60 km/hour and were accompanied by thunderstorm. The aftermath of the storm resulted in prolonged power outages lasting over six to eight hours in various areas of the city, including Sushant Lok 1

At least 15 vehicles were damaged, 80 trees and 30 electric poles were uprooted in different areas in Gurugram after a thunderstorm wreaked havoc in the city leaving a trail of destruction on Friday night. (Parveen Kumar/HT PHOTO)
Updated on May 12, 2024 05:02 AM IST
By, , , Ghaziabad/gurugram/noida

Greater Noida West high-rise pools inspected as residents fall ill after swimming

District sports department temporarily shut down a pool at one of the housing societies in Greater Noida West while four others were issued warnings over lapses and non-compliances found, said officials

Builder consultant of Saviour Greenarch, Bahardwaj Sinha, meanwhile, denied residents’ allegations, saying that these are merely rumours and all parameters with regards to the swimming pool are being followed. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2024 05:52 AM IST
By, Greater Noida

NGT gives last chance to builders to reply in groundwater extraction case

The April 29 order, received by the petitioner on Wednesday (May 8), shows that various petitioners have been granted varying time limits to submit their responses

The NGT panel has been hearing the case since two petitioners Pradeep Dahaliya and Prasoon Pant of Greater Noida had moved the tribunal in May 2022 over illegal extraction of groundwater by builders. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 10, 2024 05:50 AM IST

Concretisation from footpaths in Noida, Greater Noida must be removed: CPCB to NGT

The CPCB in its response has also said that activities like tree plantation, planting of grass, along the roads of the twin cities of Gautam Budh Nagar must be undertaken

The petitioner, Vikrant Tongad, had alleged that concretisation activities of pavements along the roads were rampant, causing environmental issues in Gautam Budh Nagar. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 07, 2024 06:16 AM IST

Separate feeders for Noida industrial sectors soon

The industrial locations in the city often undergo frequent power outages for a couple of hours due to the local faults

An alternate line will soon be set up to ensure 24x7 power supply to the industrial areas of Noida, such as Sector 3, 4, 9, 10, 63, among others to ensure better power supply and it will provide the supply in case first line trips. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 05, 2024 05:40 AM IST
By, Noida

Six prominent Noida sectors to soon have wider roads, speed breakers and signboards

Besides the road overhaul, residents have also sought the installation of CCTV cameras in sectors, adequate deployment of sanitation workers, widening of the road leading to Faridabad, Noida, and Ghaziabad and public transport to the nearest metro stations

Residents said these were long pending demands and the works were initiated on Wednesday. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 04, 2024 05:16 AM IST
By, Noida

Political parties maintain vigil at strong rooms with sealed EVMs

Gautam Budh Nagar administration has deployed security personnel at the flower market round the clock to ensure that no one tampers with the EVMs that hold the fate of 14 candidates in the fray for the Gautam Budh Nagar parliamentary seat

Armed police are guarding the EVM strong rooms at Phool Mandi in Noida’s Phase 2. Political parties too have deployed their representatives at the market to keep strict vigil until counting day on June 4. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Updated on May 03, 2024 06:52 AM IST
By, Noida

‘Illegal’ construction on at Surajpur wetland, forest dept says it’s stopped now

Forest department officials said the culvert/road was being built for the convenience of villagers to reach a fair that is organised annually at the ancient Barahi temple in Surajpur. The road has now been shut, they said

Around three to four metre wide and 300 to 400 metre long cemented road has been built at the start of the Surajpur chowk on Surajpur-Dadri road. The construction has been developed by felling around 100 trees and shrubs in the area, said environmentalists. (HT Photo)
Updated on May 02, 2024 06:08 AM IST
By, Greater Noida

Noida: Sector 51 park’s walking track, water body to be renovated

Residents said that the repairs will ensure appropriate use of the place that had become home to outsiders due to local visitors’ absence

The walking track in the Sector 51 park was made in a haphazard manner, and some portion of it was missing at multiple places, said an official. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 07:30 AM IST

GB Nagar poll candidates rest up ahead of third phase campaign

Samajwadi Party candidate Mahedra Nagar said since polling concluded on Friday he was spending time with his family at his native place in Milak Lachhi

The BJP candidate and sitting MP Dr Mahesh Sharma, said he was looking forward to his duty in other states in the third phase of the Lok Sabha elections. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 28, 2024 06:46 AM IST

Elderly reach booths early, police chief and DM felicitate senior citizens in Gautam Budh Nagar

During morning hours, queues were short at the polling booths of high-rises with mostly senior citizens showing up to exercise their franchise

Elderly people dominated the early hours of the day in twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida, as the day marked the second phase of Lok Sabha elections. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 27, 2024 07:38 AM IST

165 poll booths, 51 centres tagged critical in Gautam Budh Nagar

The booths and centres have been declared as ‘critical’ based on the various aspects and analysis of previous elections, said officials

Elaborate security arrangements have been put in place that include web casting, deployment of micro observers, CCTV cameras, deployment of central paramilitary forces (CPMF), among other security arrangements. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 26, 2024 06:52 AM IST

Three-member committee to probe name repetition on voters’ list in GB Nagar

The Samajwadi Party alleged in a press conference on Monday that names of voters from the Palm Olympia residential society in Greater Noida West were repeated

Samajwadi Party leaders at a press conference in Noida on Monday. (Sunil Ghosh/HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 25, 2024 05:30 AM IST

Forest dept registers case after trees are axed from central verge in Sector 137

As many as five fully grown neem trees and other plants were chopped by Noida authority staff, said environmentalists. The place, which is a T-point junction, is located on the Felix hospital road in Sector 137

Noida authority said the trees on the central verge were a hinderance to vehicular movement as these were blocking the driver’s view of the road, thereby increasing chances of accidents (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2024 06:26 AM IST
By, Noida

Noida: Transgenders roped in for creating voter awareness, increase turnout on April 26

Officials said the group of transgenders, led by Ram Kali, the transgender icon of Gautam Budh Nagar, have prepared catchy slogans to attract electors

On Tuesday, a rally was taken out by the group in parts of the city raising catchy slogans, drawing the attention of the people and building instant connect. (HT Photo)
Updated on Apr 24, 2024 06:24 AM IST
By, Noida
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