Vinod Rajput writes on environment, infrastructure, real estate and government policies in Noida and Greater Noida. He has reported on environment and infrastructure in Delhi, Gurgaon and Panchkula in the past.
Articles by Vinod Rajput
Noida district hospital head Ashok Mishra, named in the National Rural Health Mission scam, and his wife, a consultant at the same institute, are untraceable for a month.
Updated on Sep 06, 2012 12:43 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVinod Rajput & Darpan Singh, Noida
A laboratory report sent to the forest department in Noida on Monday confirmed that the Ranikhet virus was the reason behind the peacocks' deaths. Vinod Rajput reports.
Despite the sudden hike in the prices of Noida Extension flats following clearance from the NCR planning board, the proposed housing projects continue offering accommodation for the middle class at affordable rates. Vinod Rajput and Kapil Datta report.
Updated on Aug 27, 2012 02:18 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByVinod Rajput and Kapil Datta, Greater Noida
The emergence of Noida and Greater Noida as real estate destinations has fuelled a surge in water guzzling construction activities in these cities. Experts say, on an average, a developer extracts 2 lakh litres of water a day. Vinod Rajput reports.
A day after the NCR Planning Board approved the Greater Noida Master Plan 2021, paving the way of construction of over two lakh flats in Noida Extension, angry farmers staged a protest, Vinod Rajput reports.
Although there was considerable pressure from real estate sector and politicians, what finally forced the Centre act fast was the pressure mounted by homebuyers, Vinod Rajput reports.
"Finally, I can get some sound sleep," said Shweta Bharti. The IT professional had booked a flat in Noida Extension where construction had been stalled since October 21 last year after an Allahabad high court order, Vinod Rajput reports.
By giving approval to the Greater Noida Draft Master Plan-2021, NCRPB has given much relief to more than 1 lakh middle class homebuyers and a new lease of life to plummeting fortunes of the real estate sector in the region, Vinod Rajput reports.
The Noida authority has launched a drive against people who have violated building byelaws and carried out illegal constructions in their houses, encroaching upon public land, Vinod Rajput reports.
Villagers from Noida Extension in Greater Noida have claimed a mysterious disease is killing peacocks in the area. Forty peacocks have been reported dead in the last one month at Patwari, Vedpura, Milak and other villages of Noida Extension.
If the Noida authority’s claim are to be believed — the foul smell emanating from the Shahdara drain, which irritates shoppers in Sector 18 market, will soon be a thing of the past. Vinod Rajput reports.
If you have a habit of wasting water, then be careful next time. Soon, you will have to pay water bill as per the meter reading instead of fixed rates. Vinod Rajput reports.
The Gautam Budh Nagar district administration seems to have failed in protecting its ponds meant for onserving rain water and recharging groundwater table.
Red-coloured road signages, designed on international pattern, will soon replace the existing blue-coloured ones across the city.
Winter migratory birds - Greater Flamingo, Great White Pelican and Cotton Pygmy Goose - have been spotted in the Okhla Bird Sanctuary recently. Vinod Rajput reports.
Buying a house or a plot in the city is set to become costlier. At a meeting held on Wednesday, the Noida Authority decided to hike the sector rates - the minimum official allotment price of the authority for a property - by up to 15%. However, the final decision will be taken in its board meeting scheduled to be held on July 25.
The Noida-Greater Noida expressway will be a toll-free road, the Uttar Pradesh government has announced.
The Noida authority on Tuesday cleared all technical hiccups pertaining to the proposed Metro line from City Centre to Sector 62.
The Noida authority on Tuesday will submit its "fact-finding" report to the state government on alleged irregularities in the allotment of farmhouse plots. Rakesh Bahadur, chairman, Noida authority, told HT that he is not carrying out any inquiry into the scam.
Waterlogging at 15 main points after the first monsoon showers seems to have woken up the Noida authority, which has chalked out a new strategy to deal with all kinds of civic woes during the season. Vinod Rajput reports.
In a welcome move for commuters, the Noida authority has sanctioned flyovers and underpasses on strategic routes along master plan II and III roads. With this intent, the authority has set aside Rs. 3,000 crore for infrastructure projects.
A 40-year-old cow elephant was crushed to death and another 35-year-old was injured when a speeding truck rammed them from the rear near Mahamaya Flyover at the Noida-Delhi border on Friday.
Updated on Jun 29, 2012 11:56 PM IST
Hindustan Times | ByShashank Shekhar and Vinod Rajput, Noida
The Noida authority will develop Sector 18 market, the city’s commercial hub, on the lines of European shopping centres.
In a fresh development in the multi-crore rupee scam involving irrigation department land, the Noida authority said that the previous Mayawati government wanted to sell the land worth R10,000 crore (the expected value after conversion of land use) to private builders.
The Noida authority on Wednesday suspended two top former engineers for large-scale irregularities and embezzlement of funds in the execution of infrastructure projects worth R954 crore.
Updated on Jun 14, 2012 01:09 AM IST
Hindustan Times | ByDarpan Singh and Vinod Rajput, New Delhi
In an effort to rein in realtors in the city, the Noida authority is planning to introduce a new clause (in building byelaws) that will make it mandatory for a developer to seek approval of the layout and map before starting digging work.
The district administration has decided to set up its proposed state-of-the-art police call centre on the campus of BR Ambedkar Multi-speciality Hospital, the only government medical facility in Noida.
Posters, sign boards on Metro pillars, walls and other places will soon be a thing of the past. The Noida authority has decided to impose fines on those caught defacing public properties.
The city police on Saturday lodged an FIR against the owner of Golf View, an upscale hotel in Sector 37, for allegedly constructing the building on government land. Vinod Rajput reports.