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Greater Noida City is a north Indian city with a population in excess of 100,000, located in the Gautam Budh Nagar district of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The city was created under the UP Industrial Area Development Act, 1976. It is a part of the National Capital Region (NCR) of India. Situated 30 km south-east of capital city of New Delhi, it takes around 30 minutes to travel between the cities via the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway.
|Greater New Okhla Industrial Development Authority|
Aerial view of Greater Noida City
|Nickname(s): GreNo, Greater Noida, Business Hub, Commercial Hub & Education Hub|
|Uttar Pradesh, India|
|District||Gautam Buddh Nagar|
|• Type||Government of Uttar Pradesh|
|• Body||Greater Noida Authority|
|• Chairman, Greater Noida Authority||Anup Chandra Pandey, IAS|
|• CEO, Greater Noida Authority||Debashish Panda, IAS|
|• Commissioner, Meerut Division||Prabhat Kumar, IAS|
|• District Magistrate and Collector||Brijesh Narayan Singh, IAS|
|• Official||Hindi, English|
|Time zone||IST (UTC+5:30)|
|Lok Sabha Constituency||Gautam Buddh Nagar|
|Highways||Noida-Greater Noida Expressway and Yamuna Expressway|
|Sports||Buddh International Circuit, Jaypee Sports City, Jaypee Sports Complex and Greater Noida Cricket Stadium|
|Golf Course||Jaypee Greens Golf Course|
|Website||Greater Noida Authority|
In the early 1980s, the government of India realised that the rapid rate at which Delhi was expanding would result in chaos, so they planned to develop residential and industrial areas around the capital to reduce the demographic burden. Before Greater Noida City, there were two areas that had been developed—Gurgaon, across the border from Haryana, and Noida, across the border with Uttar Pradesh.
Greater Noida Notified Area - 38000 Ha Comprising 124 villages (308 km2) Noida's infrastructure was carefully laid out, but the 1990s saw huge growth in the Indian economy. Migration to cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Bangalore exceeded planning estimates. Noida was developed to accommodate population growth for 20–25 years. The massive population influx from Delhi, however, caused it to overload in a mere 15 years, although intake is not complete and illegal mining remains a problem.
The government of Uttar Pradesh decided to develop another city as an extension to Noida with better planning. The idea was to create a world-class city approximately 25 km from Noida. A railway station near Boraki and an international airport were included later in the plan intending to develop Greater Noida as an independent city; the airport was however scrapped in early 2012, owing to environmental concerns.
During the 1990s, the Noida extension (now a part of Gautam Buddh Nagar) became what is today known as Greater Noida. The development of the city is managed by the Greater NOIDA Authority. Greater Noida is connected to Agra by the six-lane Yamuna Expressway. The annual Indian Grand Prix is held at the Buddh International Circuit. Roads are wide with service lanes for every major road. The sectors are named by letters of the Greek alphabet. All cabling and utilities have been built underground. Alpha, Beta, and Gamma are the oldest sectors. The other emerging sectors include Xu, Delta, Mu, Omicron and Tau. The present GNIDA office is in Gamma II sector just opposite the historical village Rampur Jagir/Jahangir where the revolutionary Pandit Ram Prasad Bismil lived in 1919 when he was hidden underground after the Mainpuri conspiracy. A park has been named "Amar Shaheed Pt. Ram Prasad Bismil Udyan" by the Uttar Pradesh Government.
The 12th and 14th Auto Expos (The Motor Show) were held at India Expo Mart, Greater Noida, in February 2014 and 2016 respectively.
Greater Noida (West)Edit
Greater Noida West, previously known as Noida extension, is a part of Greater Noida and consists of 16 villages: Khairpur Gurjar, Shahberi, Devla, Patwari, Ghanghola, Bisrakh, Roza-Yakubpur, Haibatpur, Itaida, Patwari, Aminabad, Asadallapur, Maincha and Chipyana Buzurg. All sectors under Noida Extension (Sector 1 to 4) are a part of the Greater NOIDA Authority.
As per provisional data of the 2011 census, Greater Noida had a population of 107,676, with 58,662 males and 49,014 females. The literacy rate was 86.54%, 91.48% of males and 80.65% of females. The demographics of Greater Noida mainly consist of students, corporate employees, and labourers. Students are often temporary residents from other parts of India and abroad. Greater Noida and Noida combined have approximately 300 villages.
The city's infrastructure is looked after by the Greater NOIDA Authority, a statutory authority set-up under Uttar Pradesh Industrial Area Development Act, 1976. Authority's head is its Chairman, who is an IAS officer, the authority's daily matters however, are looked after by its CEO, who is also an IAS officer. Greater NOIDA Authority comes under the Infrastructure and Industrial Development Department of Uttar Pradesh Government. The current Chairman is Anup Chandra Pandey, whereas the current CEO is Debashish Panda.
The Guatam Budh Nagar district is a part of Meerut Division, headed by the Divisional Commissioner, who is an IAS officer of high seniority, the Commissioner is the head of local government institutions (including Municipal Corporations) in the division, is in-charge of infrastructure development in his division, and is also responsible for maintaining law and order in the division. The District Magistrate, hence, reports to the Divisional Commissioner of Meerut. The current Commissioner is Prabhat Kumar.
Gautam Budh Nagar district administration is headed by the District Magistrate of Gautam Budh Nagar, who is an IAS officer. The DM is in charge of property records and revenue collection for the central government and oversee the national elections held in the city. The DM is also responsible for maintaining law and order in the city, hence the SSP of Gautam Budh Nagar also reports to the DM of Gautam Budh Nagar. The District Magistrate is assisted by one Chief Development Officer, three Additional District Magistrates (Executive, Finance/Revenue and Land Acquisition) and one City Magistrate. The district has divided into three Tehsils named Sadar, Dadri and Jewar each headed by a Sub-Divisional Magistrate who reports to the District Magistrate. The current DM is Brajesh Narain Singh.
Gautam Budh Nagar district comes under Meerut police zone and Meerut police range of Uttar Pradesh Police. Meerut zone is headed by an IPS officer in the rank of Additional Director General of Police (ADG), whereas Meerut range is headed by an IPS officer in the rank of Inspector General of Police (IG). The Current ADG, Meerut Zone is Prashant Kumar, whereas the current IG, Meerut Range is Ram Kumar.
Police Administration of Gautam Budh Nagar is headed by the Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) who is an IPS officer and is accountable to the District Magistrate for Law and Order enforcement. He is assisted by four Superintendents of Police (SP)/Additional Superintendents of Police (Addl. SP) (City, Rural Area, Traffic and Crime). The district is divided into eight police circles, each responsibility of a Circle Officer (CO) in the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police. SP (Traffic) and SP (Crime) are assisted by one Circle Officer in the rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police each. Greater Noida city is divided into three police circles viz. City-I,City-II and City-III, each looked after by a CO in rank of Deputy Superintendent of Police. Superintendent of Police (Rural Area) is the SP in-charge of Greater Noida and its circles. The current SSP is Love Kumar, whereas current SP (RA) is Suniti.
Greater Noida has a similar climate to Delhi: very hot and dry during summer, hot and humid during monsoons, pleasant and dry during spring and autumn, and cool to cold during winters.
According to the Bureau of Indian Standards, the town falls under seismic zone-III, on a scale of I to V (in order of increasing proneness to earthquakes) while the wind and cyclone zoning is a "very high damage risk", according to the UNDP report. Greater Noida has a Tropical Savanna Climate with three main seasons: summer, monsoon and winter. Aside from monsoon weather, it mainly remains dry.
In summer, i.e. from March to June, the temperature ranges from a maximum of 45 °C (i.e. 113 °F) to a minimum of 23 °C (73 °F). Monsoon season prevails during mid-June to mid-September with an average rainfall of 93.2 cm (36.7 inches). The cold waves from the Himalayan region make the winters in Greater Noida very chilly. Temperatures fall down to as low as 3 to 4 °C at the peak of winter. In January, a dense fog envelopes the city, reducing visibility on the streets.
|Climate data for Greater Noida|
|Average high °C (°F)||21
|Average low °C (°F)||7
|Average precipitation mm (inches)||17
|Source: Greater Noida Weather|
Places of interestEdit
- Ansal Plaza
- Greater Noida Cricket Stadium
- Buddh International Circuit
- Taj International Airport
- Sector 27
- Night Safari
- Yamuna Expressway
- Jagat Farm
- Omax Connaught Place
- Samrat Mihir Bhoj Park
- Greater Noida Football Stadium 
- Jaypee Golf Course
- Zonal Sports Complex Sec 37
- Grand Venice Mall
- India Expo Mart
- Pacific World School 
- Ram-eesh International School, Greater Noida
- Cambridge School
- Delhi Public School, Greater Noida
- Father Agnel School
- Ryan International School
- St. Joseph's School, Greater Noida
- Somerville School, Greater Noida
- Apeejay International School
- Delhi public world school, Greater Noida West (Noida extension)
- Sarvottam International school, Greater Noida West (Noida extension)
- The Wisdom tree school, Greater Noida West (Noida extension)
- Aster Public school, Greater Noida West (Noida extension)
- Bennett University (BU)
- Birla Institute of Management Technology (BIMTECH)
- Galgotias University
- Gautam Buddha University
- Noida International University
- Sharda University
- Shiv Nadar University
Colleges and institutesEdit
- Army Institute of Management and Technology, Greater Noida
- Birla Institute of Management Technology
- Greater Noida Institute of Technology
- IEC College of Engineering and Technology
- IILM Academy of Higher Learning
- Lloyd Law College
- Noida Institute of Engineering and Technology
- NIILM Centre for Management Studies
- United College of Engineering and Research
- Accurate Institute of Management and Technology
- Franciscan LiveActs International Academy
- IIMT group of colleges
- APEEJAY SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE & PLANNING
Located on Yamuna Expressway, Jaypee Sports City is a planned city aimed for sports, complete with various sports venues like an international standard cricket stadium, a hockey stadium, and an international Formula 1 racing circuit.
On 30 October 2011, Greater Noida hosted the inaugural Formula One Indian Grand Prix at the Buddh International Circuit constructed by Jaypee Group. It was the seventeenth round of the 2011 Formula One season, and the first Formula One Grand Prix to take place on the Indian subcontinent and even the circuit is the first of its kind in South Asia. The second and third Formula One Airtel Indian Grands Prix, held in October 2012 and 2013, were won by Red Bull Racing Driver Sebastian Vettel, his second and third consecutive wins in India.
Greater Noida Cricket Stadium, also known as "Shaheed Vijay Singh Pathik Stadium", is located near Jaypee Green Golf Course. The stadium hosted its first Ranji Trophy match between Uttar Pradesh and Baroda from December 1–4, 2015. The ground would now be used by the national cricket team of Afghanistan as its home ground.
Jaypee Greens Golf Course, an 18-hole, par-72 course designed by Greg Norman, is situated in Greater Noida. The course opened in June 2000 and received a "Tourism Friendly Golf Course" award from India's Ministry of Tourism in 2011. It is the longest course in India, and has been ranked fifth best Golf Course of India by the website Top100
There will also be a hockey stadium which is under construction and has a sports training academy and infrastructure for other sports.
Of late, Greater Noida has attracted a lot of interest from major corporate houses for setting up their businesses in the city. In November 2016, Patanjali Ayurved announced that it would be investing Rs. 2,000 Crore in a greenfield investment in Greater Noida. The project has been approved by Uttar Pradesh Cabinet. A clutch of mobile manufacturers have also shown interest in investing in Greater Noida. Taiwan Electrical and Electronics Manufacturers' Association will develop a 210-acre greenfield electronic manufacturing cluster in Greater Noida with an investment of USD 200 million.
The construction of metro is underway in the twin cities of Noida and Greater Noida. This project was announced in 2013. The metro would primarily run across the Noida-Greater Noida Expressway. Delhi Metro already connects some parts of Noida. By April 2018, a 30 km metro link is expected to become operational between Noida and Greater Noida. This link will be operated and managed by an independent entity called Noida Metro Rail Corporation. Keeping in mind the commuter convenience and to provide the last mile connectivity to commuters in Noida and Greater Noida, NMRC launched bus services in December 2016. Another metro link to Greater Noida has also been approved which will connect Greater Noida (West) with Noida.
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