NOIDA is a part of the National Capital Region [NCR] of Delhi and is situated on an average elevation of 200 metres above Mean Sea Level. It has a flat topography that covers an area of 3,000 hectares according to the original Master Plan recommended during 1976 – 1977. ‘NOIDA’ is an acronym for ‘New Okhla Industrial Development Authority’ and is situated on the left banks of the Yamuna River and in close proximity to Delhi and Ghaziabad. It was developed during the 1970s near the Yamuna River as a modern industrial city. This Satellite City is considered as one of the preferred destinations for corporate offices and MNCs after Gurgaon. Companies choose NOIDA due to its proximity to Delhi as well as excellent infrastructure. NOIDA encompasses the town of Arun Vihar, Greater NOIDA and Jhundpura.
NOIDA was established on 19th April 1976 and hence every year, this day is celebrated as the ‘NOIDA Day’. In fact this town was created during an emergency period when Sanjay Gandhi took the initiative to form a developed city under the UP Industrial Area Development Act, owing to which, this town is known as one of the most modern cities of India that homes a world class township with high standard infrastructure and amenities.
NOIDA has rapidly grown and developed through the years due to which ongoing plans have been initiated to keep up with growing demand in space. The last two decades has seen substantial influx in population which is estimated to be over half a million residents. This phenomenal rise in population resulted in the creation of ‘Greater NOIDA’, a new township, as per the Master Plan of 2011 in order to meet the growing demand in space and reasonable Housing complexes. Today, this region encompasses a highly unified township that offers facilities for Industrial, Commercial and Residential activities. Authorities are constantly planning and implementing numerous projects in order to cater to the miscellaneous requirements of the residents.
NOIDA falls under the governance of Uttar Pradesh and belongs to the District of Gautam Buddha Nagar; however, its State Legislative seat falls under the ‘NOIDA-Dadri Vidhan Sabha’ region and its Parliamentary Seat is under the ‘Khurja’ Parliamentary Seat.
Today, NOIDA homes numerous International and Domestic Companies such as Adobe Systems, Agreeya Solutions, ATC Labs, Birlasoft, CSC, EXL Services, Fiserv, GlobalLogic, HCL, Impetus, Interra, MtronPTI, STMicroelectronics, TCS and Xansa, just to name a few. Another feature of this City is the ‘NOIDA Film City’ situated at Sector 16A which homes Offices of Major Media Companies, Movie Studios and related Institutes.
NOIDA is also fringed with Upscale Shopping Malls such as the CenterStage Mall at Sector 18, Sab Mall, Atta Market at Sector 27, Spice World Mall and Supertech Shopprix Mall located in C-134B at Sector 61. These Malls also house Multiplexes such as the Wave Cinemas located in Sector 18 and PVR Spice at Sector 25 A. Most of the Sectors in NOIDA are dotted with good Schools and Colleges especially the ones that were established before 1995. Major Schools include Apeejay School, Army Public School, DAV, Delhi Public School and Ryan International School and amongst the Institutes for Higher Education, there is the Amity University at Sector 44, EDCIL [Education Development Consultants India Ltd.], FDDI [Institute providing education in Footwear Design], JIITU [Jaypee Institute of Information Technology University], JSS Academy of Technical Education and The VV Giri National Labour Institute at Sector 24.
NOIDA also offers excellent Medicare facilities in the field of health care and research. It homes several Hospitals and Medical Institutes and will soon see a few new upcoming ones. The distinguished Hospitals in this City include the Apollo Hospital at Sector 2, Fortis Hospital at Sector 62, Kailash Hospital and Research Centre at Sector 27, Max Hospital at Sector 19, Metro Heart Hospital at Sector 12 and Prakash Hospital at Sector 32.
NOIDA is well connected with Delhi via a robust and well laid road network. It is estimated that over 50% of the total population residing in NOIDA commute on a daily basis to the Capital City for official purposes. Roads connecting with Flyovers and Bridges were constructed to enable smooth travelling between these Cities. A bridge over the Yamuna River and the Toll Road connects Delhi with NOIDA in just 20 minutes.
NOIDA boasts of three main expressways that include the famous DND Flyway connecting this region with Delhi and runs along and over the Yamuna River. The second expressway is the NOIDA - Greater NOIDA Expressway while the third is the Yamuna Expressway that connects NOIDA with Agra via Mathura. Areas around these Expressways are fringed with upcoming Residential Complexes, Housing Societies and Commercial Complexes that has greatly boosted the Real Estate Business. Another feature of this city will be a ‘Helipad’ to be constructed by the NOIDA Administration Division in Sector 128. This will enable rapid and efficient transportation services between the Indira Gandhi International Airport and NOIDA with connecting services to the nearby tourist destinations of Agra.
NOIDA also features the 'Worlds of Wonder' or ‘W.O.W’ as colloquially expressed by the locals of this town. It is situated adjacent to the popular ‘The Great India Place' Mall which is also called as 'GIP' or 'TGIP' in short. ‘W.O.W.’ is a small Amusement Theme Park that showcases 19 rides including several mild attractions. This Park can be compared to the ‘Adventure Island’ situated in Rohini [Delhi].
The recent addition to the Transportation Network of NOIDA is the commencement of the Metro Corridor Link between Delhi and NOIDA. This link was officially opened to the public on 12th November 2009 [10 months before the 2010 Commonwealth Games]. This Metro line connects Dwarka Sector 21 Metro Station situated in South West Delhi with NOIDA City Centre through Connaught Place, Barakhambha Road, IP Estate, Akshardham Complex Metro corridor also known as the ‘Blue Line’ Metro Network Link.
NOIDA is easily accessible from the IGI Airport situated approximately 27.1 kms or 58 minutes by road. The New Delhi Railway Station is about 15.3 kms or 32 minutes away, the Old Delhi Railway Station is 16 kms or 34 minutes away while the Nizamuddin Railway Station is just 10.8 kms or 20 minutes away by road.