#WeeklyNewsRoundUp: DDA Plans Massive Digitisation Drive, Social Media Interaction With Consumers

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The Delhi Development Authority (DDA) is planning to undertake a massive digitisation drive. Under the project, the development body would network its 22 departments and 60 field offices, and undertake capacity building for its 5,000 officials to provide citizen services. The DDA would use social media to improve interaction with customers, promote digital payments and establish state- of-the art record rooms.


The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet, headed by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, has given its approval for the development of the Noida International Greenfield Airport at Jewar. The airport would be developed in four phases, an official spokesman said. Nearly 3,000 hectares of land would be needed for the development of an international airport at Jewar near Noida, say estimates of the Uttar Pradesh government. Of this land, 1,206 hectares worth around Rs 3,000 crore would be needed in the first phase.


The Bombay High Court has restrained the Reliance Infrastructure-led Mumbai Metro One Private Limited (MMOPL) from raising the fares on the Mumbai Metro's Versova-Ghatkopar route. The high court has set aside a July-2015 decision of the Metro Fare Fixation Committee, which recommended that the fare range be increased from Rs 10-40 to Rs 10-110. The HC also directed that the fare fixation committee be reconstituted.


Road and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari has said that the Centre has garnered commitments worth Rs 1,500 crore from international and domestic companies, and industrialists for cleaning of the Ganga. The minister also said that the riverfront regeneration and development of ghats in Patna, Kanpur, Haridwar and Kolkata had been taken up by leading industrialists from the UK.  The Centre estimates the cost of the entire project to run up to Rs 20,000 crore.


The Supreme Court has held that certificates issued by gram panchayat secretaries or executive magistrates are "no proof of citizenship" unless they establish the legacy linkages with a person who is an Indian citizen. The top court has said the certificates issued by a gram panchayat secretary only acknowledge shifting of residence of a married woman from one village to another.

Source: Media reports

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