Noida is the poster-boy of development in Uttar Pradesh. A whopping Rs 20,000 crore budget has been approved by the Industrial Authorities of Noida, Greater Noida and Yamuna Expressway. A major chunk will go to infra projects including development of a much-awaited heliport and convention center.
|Botanical Garden and the New Metro Rail Line Under construction. Captured while taking a metro ride.|
The infrastructure development and growth of Noida region has continued to be phenomenal. However, safety and security has been a regular concern for investors and residents. Despite being a fastest growing city in India, Noida has a high crime index according to Numbeo a site with user contributed database. Noida’s abysmal law and order situaltion is a deterrent for new investors and a threat to business climate.
|Crime Rates in Noida | Data Source: Numbeo [Click on the image to enlarge]|
According to an RTI report there have been 1093 including 66 SUVs reported car thefts in Gautam Buddh Nagar in the last 12 months (June 2014 – July 2015). Noida police has been able to recover a meager 124 vehicles so far. Recent theft of ITBP IGs official car was an appalling statement on law-and-order situation in Noida.
It is heartening to know, Noida Police will add 15 new police posts to beef up the security arrangements in the city. These will augment the existing 45 Police Check Posts. Phase II and sector 39 police station will each have 4 new police check-post. Noida-Greater Noida expressway will have 5 and one each in sector 24 and Phase III police station in Mamura village. Hopefully, this would improve the law and order situation.
Security is a prime concern and an imperative to create a conducive business and investment clime. Recently, PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) conducted a survey and identified over 200 spots in Noida city where high-definition CCTV cameras will be installed. This is part of the ambitious projects of the Integrated Traffic Management System (ITMS) and Smart City Surveillance System (SCSS).
|Quality of Life Index and a Comparison with Gurgaon | Data Source: Numbeo [Click on the image to enlarge]|
The infra and housing projects, Metro and new elevated roads, skyways and flyways makes Noida a well connected hub of business activity. The cultural scene too is reverberating in the city. By and large Noida is the best township in the entire National Capital Region (NCR).
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