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who was in-charge of the computer section and is also in custody. The money was reportedly collected from candidates who had received help in clearing various examinations conducted by the MPPEB Known to be close to former higher education minister Laxmikant Sharma who has also been questioned by the STF Trivedi has claimed that of the Rs 72 lakh he gave Rs 42 lakh to Chaudhary and the remainder to his wife He said the money was given to Chaudhary in July 2012 a month after her retirement For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Shalini Nair | Updated: September 12 2015 8:43 am Sprawled over 34000 sq km area NCR is the country’s largest planning region with a population of 46 million Top News The unplanned outward expansion of the National Capital Region (NCR) over the last several decades has led to a phenomenon where while within the National Capital Territory-Delhi itself 975 per cent is urbanised in the rest of the region the extent of urbanisation is as low as 425 per cent In a recently released research paper the National Institute of Urban Affairs (NIUA) an autonomous body under the Union Ministry of Urban Development has described this process as the peri-urbanisation of the region where much of the population is dispersed in areas without planned infrastructure The paper points out how over the last five decades despite the existence of three master plans for Delhi and two regional plans for NCR the regions has witnessed an unplanned spatial growth as a border-less city This has led to peri-urban conditions “characterised by fragmented development the emergence of gated communities sudden densification of existing settlements” with “inadequate physical infrastructure absence of public transport or road connectivity and general lack of physical and social infrastructure” Sprawled over 34000 sq km area NCR is the country’s largest planning region with a population of 46 million NCT-Delhi constitutes merely less than 3 per cent of the land area with most the NCR comprising 13 districts in Haryana seven districts of Uttar Pradesh and two districts of Rajasthan As per Census figures until 2001 overall NCR has seen an average decadal growth rate of 35 per cent (dropping to 241 per cent in 2001-11) In comparison other urban agglomerations such as Mumbai Metropolitan Region (MMR) with a population of 18 million and the Kolkata Metropolitan Region with a population of 14 million has an average decadal growth of 30 percent and 20 per cent respectively (dropping to 12 per cent and 7 per cent in 2001-11) Within NCR from 1951 to 2001 NCT-Delhi has seen a much greater average decadal growth rate of 50 per cent This is higher than any other urban area in the country (dropping to 21 per cent in 2001-2011) Much of this growth has occurred along the outer areas of the city The NIUA study points out that merely a third of the population of NCT-Delhi lives in planned areas The density varies from as little as 4000 persons per sq km in the inner core of New Delhi district (Lutyens Delhi) to as high as 36000 persons per sq km in the North east district As Delhi expanded outwards barring a few pockets such as Narela Rohini and Dwarka much of the urban sprawl came up in an unplanned manner with a spread of unauthorised colonies slum settlements and urban villages The NCR Planning Board drew up its first Regional Plan (2001) in 1989 It was meant to deflect the population from Delhi by 2001 through a multi-nodal regional growth pattern Eleven dispersed growth centres were identified outside of NCT including Noida Faridabad Gurgaon Ghaziabad among several others However the study points out the population of NCT -Delhi continued to grow exponentially more than what was planned Except for Ghaziabad Rewari and Faridabad none of the other centres have seen their population growing anywhere close to what was estimated The report states “It can therefore be inferred that the planning strategy adopted for forced dispersal of growth into the region has failed to achieve its intention” PSN Rao head of Housing at the School of Planning and Architecture explains that the idea of NCR emerged in the 1960s but it was never executed with the seriousness it deserved “When there are three other states involved politics often comes into play In the end the NCR was nobody’s baby” he said The steady outward expansion has seen large scale conversions of agricultural land and with land coming cheap it fueled the growth of speculative real estate The fragmented nature of urbanisation has also meant that while the Regional Plan 2001 had factored in an addition of 45291 hectares to accommodate the estimated population growth in reality the total built-up area increased by more than three times to 263 lakh hectares This explains the existence of islands of ghost towns in several regions of the NCR Such pockets are characterized by a great spurt in real estate constructions but lacking in habitation or social or physical infrastructure Data shows that in most towns of NCR outside of Delhi the water supply deficit is as high as 50 per cent In Ghaziabad Faridabad and Noida between 80 and 90 per cent of the population are dependent on private vehicles for transportation “Riding on speculation builders constructed residential projects but those who bought houses there have kept it locked Families won’t move to such places where there are no schools or mass transit modes” said Rao According to data available with the real estate research agency Liases Foras NCR is the worst performing residential market with presently about 232 lakh houses lying unsold Almost half of this unsold stock is in Greater Noida followed by Ghaziabad Gurgaon and Noida The average sq ft price of an apartment in NCR is only Rs 4980 while it is thrice as costly in MMR with even comparatively smaller metros such as Bengaluru and Pune commanding a higher average price of over Rs 5000 per sq ft And yet at the current slow rate of absorption the agency estimates that it will take 66 months to sell off the current inventory in NCR the maximum for any metro in the country A healthy market usually has an inventory that doesn’t take more than eight months to get sold Pankaj Kapoor CEO of Liases Foras said that builders in NCR continue to discover newer locations that are far-flung and uninhabitable where land is bought cheap and large clusters are launched “Here 70-80 percent of the houses are sold off to investors and not end-users including in projects by several realty majors First Gurgaon saw a huge infusion of residential supply and when the price band went over Rs 6000 per sq ft it was Noida and then Greater Noida The boundary simply continues extending” he said For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by PTI | New Delhi | Published: April 1 2013 8:56 pm Related News Citing former Telecom Minister A Raja’s communication to JPC on 2G scamBJP member in the panel Yashwant Sinha today wrote to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh asking him to appear before the committee to “clear your name” following allegations levelled against him In his letterSinha said any hesitation on his part to appear before JPC will prove that he has “something to hide” Sinha pointed out that when Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee was examining the CAG report on the 2G scamthe Prime Minister had publicly offered to appear before it to enable the committee reach the “right conclusions” “You have not made a similar offer to the JPC despite the fact that many members of the JPC have publicly demanded that you appear before the JPC” Sinha said He claimed that in his communications to the JPCRaja has levelled “serious allegations” against the Prime Minister and Finance Minister P Chidambaram “I think it is in your own personal interest to appear before the JPC and clear your name You may also suggest the Finance Minister to make a similar offer” he wrote Sinha asked the Prime Minister to request JPC Chairman P C Chacko to call Raja as a witness before the committee “Any hesitation on your part will only confirm the feeling that you have something to hide” the BJP leader said In a separate letter to Lok Sabha Speaker Meira KumarSinha recalled Raja’s request to her to be called before JPC as a witness He said despite several lettersChacko has not entertained the request “If you also remain indifferent to the goings onthen Parliament of India will undoubtedly suffer a great setback” he said Earlier in the daySinha hit out at Chacko for not calling Raja as a witness and alleged that the panel could be used to “conceal the truth” in the 2G scam rather than expose it He also dubbed the decision of not calling Raja as a “serious omission” BJP and Left members in the Committee have been backing Raja’s plea that he be allowed to depose before the panel For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Manoj Kumar Jha | Updated: August 2 2017 11:25 am Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Related News ‘False face must hide what the false heartdoth know’ is the last line of the very first act in Macbeth I wish to begin from here in order to reveal the background of events which culminated in the shameless robbery last week of the Bihar mandate of 2015 As things appear today you do not require to know the intricacies of rocket science to know that it was never about the resignation of Tejashwi Yadav former deputy chief minister in Nitish Kumar’s former cabinet Nitish himself declared at the beginning that he never sought his resignation in view of a FIR on him in a virtually imagined case of quid pro quo When the former deputy CM met the Mahagathbandhan’s former CM last week the latter was very categorical that he should not resign just because a section of the media and the BJP so desired it I do not wish to go into the detail of what subsequently happened under cover of the high moral ground Political observers have easily sensed that Nitish was simply enacting a script written at the BJP headquarters on 11 Ashok Road New Delhi Many journalists were not able to make out whether his resignation came first or the congratulatory tweet from the Prime Minister for his resignation Congress sources also recalled how he suddenly extended support to the presidential candidate of the NDA without bothering to inform alliance partners who had chosen him chief minister Right from the time of demonetisation when he openly supported the BJP or maintained a studied silence we in the RJD had an inkling that things were not so fine with Nitish Kumar’s politics but we upheld the decorum of the alliance This is because we were accountable to the subalterns who had voted for this alliance at a historical moment when the BJP under Modi appeared invincible However we did not realise that Nitish Kumar was committed to the greatest act of treachery in the recent memory of the nation which is why within a span of 33 minutes he was transformed from the leader of the Mahagathbadhan to the leader of the NDA Somebody rightly commented that he borrowed the idea of portability from the telecom sector meaning to keep the chair one only needs to change the service provider (alliance partners) In fact the slogan ‘Tejashwi to bahana tha Bhajpa mein jaana tha’ (Tejashwi was just an excuse he already had made up his mind to go with BJP) captures the essence of Nitish Kumar’s political opportunism The governor also took the decision in haste and with a visibly partisan approach; he was probably asked to do so so as to checkmate the resentment within the JD(U) As a result when the RJD delegation met the governor and requested to him take the decision in view of the SR Bommai judgement of 1994 the governor was conspicuously silent The only sentence he could utter was “aap logon ne thodi der kar di (you all are little too late)” But like with every crisis a star is born In this case speaking on the confidence motion brought by Nitish Kumar as CM of the NDA on July 28 the newly elected leader of the Opposition Tejashwi Yadav tore into his politics of opportunism and exposed the “lies” that Nitish Kumar had touted as reasons for breaking the alliance He spoke about the absolute lack of morality and principled position in his politics and reminded the members that he either needs the BJP or the RJD to remain in the chair Tejashwi also reminded Nitish of his call for Sangh-Mukt Bharat (India free of RSS philosophy) and asked how he had moved so swiftly from the camp of ‘Hey Ram’ (Gandhi) to the gang of ‘Jai Shri Ram’ He provided evidence of the JD(U) leader’s political manoeuvrings and frequent u-turns to the applause of the House He told lawmakers that what Nitish did was nothing but the murder of democracy and by doing so had indulged in a brazen act of betrayal of the poor and the downtrodden who had voted for the alliance Tejashwi’s powerful oratory skills and punch-lines made several members of the BJP JD-U acknowledge that “a leader is born” in Bihar Perhaps this break-up is a blessing in disguise for the young RJD leader who seems to have come into his own out of his father’s shadow able to espouse the concerns of the backward castes Dalits as well as minorities alongside progressive section of the upper castes While the RJD is committed to walking the political trajectory for larger opposition unity it has also decided to take the “robbery” of the mandate across Bihar Tejashwi Yadav has decided to begin a Padyatra from Champaran so he can tell the people how Nitish Kumar has betrayed the memory of Bapu in the middle of Bihar’s celebrations of the 100th anniversary of the Champaran satyagraha The RJD has been saying since July 27 that every mandate has a character and no political party should have the audacity to deceive voters Everyone remembers what RSS chief Mohan Bhagwat said about abolishing reservation in jobs during Bihar polls and how his comments had galvanised the Dalits-Mahadalits and the Backwards-Extremely Backward sections To each constituency that party president Lalu Prasad Yadav travelled he talked about former RSS supremo Golwalkar’s Bunch of Thoughts in which the same denigratory remarks are made against the SCs and the backward castes Thus the Bihar 2015 mandate was decisively against the political philosophy of the RSS and BJP This too shall pass I know it will As I write this article senior JD(U) leader and former cabinet minister Sharad Yadav has shown his displeasure with Nitish Kumar’s decision Perhaps a new phase in opposition unity will begin now Sharad ji’s presence together with Behenji Mayawati and several other Opposition leaders on the August 27 rally shall be the foundation on which we will develop an alternative narrative so that the people of India get a choice to contest the right-wing authoritarian postures of the BJP Unlike some commentators who would want to believe that Opposition unity has been severely jolted we are of the view that Nitish Kumar’s departure is good riddance Moreover you cannot cement a greater association with a snake in your bosom The road ahead is clear to us even if it is a long and tortuous one Manoj Kumar Jha is the national spokesperson of the Rashtriya Janata Dal For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related Newshave formally been intimated about the inquiry to be conducted.If we don? 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