Bhiwani and Mahendragarh districts of Haryana and Bharatpur in Rajasthan will now be a part of the National Capital Region (NCR). This proposal was approved at the meeting of NCR Planning Board on Monday. This move will lead to major infrastructural development in these areas.
The meeting was held under the chairmanship of Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath. Based on the request of the participating states,the board has approved the inclusion of Bharatpur in Rajasthan,Bhiwani and Mahendragarh in Haryana in NCR. The proposal for including Karnal and Jind districts of Haryana in NCR are also being considered, Nath said.
Funding from the NCR Planning Board will be available for projects in areas included in NCR. Loans can be made available at cheaper rates to such areas. This will eventually lead to an increase in real estate prices, said a Ministry official. Until now,the NCR included nine districts of Haryana,five districts of UP,Alwar in Rajasthan and the National Capital Territory (NCT).
The meeting was attended by the Union Minister for Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation Girija Vyas,Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit,Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda,
Lt Governor Tejendra Khanna and Urban Development Secretary Sudhir Krishna,besides senior officers from participating states and other ministries.
Rajasthans request to identify Jaipur as a counter-magnet area was also approved with the plan for UP sub-region. Counter-magnet areas are to act as interceptors of migratory flows into NCR and also as regional growth centres that would achieve a balanced pattern of urbanisation.
Kamal Nath stressed on the need for an efficient mass transportation system and regional rapid transit yystem in NCR. The expenditure finance committee has recommended setting up of the National Capital Region Transport Corporation for implementation of RRTS, he said.
In Phase-I,it will connect Delhi-Panipat (111 km),Delhi-Alwar (180 km) and Delhi-Meerut (90 km). The matter will be taken up by the Cabinet shortly. Work on the three corridors would start soon and would be completed by 2016. The NCRPB would contribute
Rs 200 crore to begin work on one of the lines. Several funding patterns such as monetisation of land can be used for these corridors, Nath said.