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NCR Gets Bigger: 2 Haryana & 1 U.P. District Included
Jun 12, 2015

The National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) meeting was held in New Delhi on June 9 to discuss various issues relating to development of the National Capital Region. The 35th Meeting of the NCRPB was chaired by the Minister of Urban Development M.Venkaiah Naidu.

♦ The 13-Point Agenda for the meeting included issues related to protection of Mangar Bani green cover in Haryana, inclusion of additional areas in the National Capital Region, delineation of Natural Conservation Zones in the participating states, review of status of Regional Rapid Transport System (RRTS), preparation and finalization of Sub-Regional Plans by participating States, status of financing of projects by NCRPB etc. 

  • Two districts (Jind & Karnal) of Haryana and 1 district (Muzaffarnagar) of Uttar Pradesh are included in the NCR.

  • With the inclusion of Jind and Karnal, 57 per cent of the Haryana's area had become part of the NCR. 

  • Now, besides the National Capital Territory of Delhi, 13 districts of Haryana( Jhajjar, Palwal, Sonipat, Gurgaon, Panipat, Rohtak, Mewat, Rewari, Faridabad, Mahendergarh, Bhiwani, Jind and Karnal) 7 of Uttar Pradesh (Meerut, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar-Noida, Bulandshahr, Hapur, Baghpat and Muzaffarnagar) and 2 districts (Alwar & Bharatpur) of Rajasthan have been included in the National Capital Region.

  • Acommittee has been appointed to look into the demands for the inclusion of more areas in NCR. 

  • A representation had come for the inclusion of Mathura in NCR which has now been referred to the committee and also to UP government. 

  • Before including any area, the view of the particular state government will also have to be taken.

  • Another important issue related to 'Mangar Bani', a forest area in the Aravalis along the Gurgaon- Faridabad highway was also discussed and the state government had decided to demarcate a 500 metre buffer zone around it.

NCRPB was constituted in 1985 by an Act of Parliament with the objectives of Preparation of a Plan for the development of the National Capital Region, Coordination and monitoring the implementation of the said Plan and Evolving harmonized policies for control of land uses and developing infrastructure in the Region so as to avoid any haphazard development in the Region. 

The concerted efforts of NCRPB, participating States and Central Ministries so far have resulted in Preparation of Regional Plans with 2001 and 2021 perspective, Preparation of Sub-Regional Plans by the concerned States, Development of industrial infrastructure in the Region, Improvement in basic urban infrastructure, Upgradation of six National Highways converging at Delhi, Widening and improvement of road networks besides addressing issues related to migration into and out of Delhi.

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