The Akhilesh Yadav government wants six more districts of Uttar Pradesh to be included in the National Capital Region (NCR) and would soon send a proposal in this regard to the Union Ministry of Urban Development. The districts are Mathura, Aligarh, Hathras, Bijnor, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli — all from western part of the state.
Presently, five districts of UP — Meerut, Ghaziabad, Gautam Budh Nagar, Bulandshahr, Hapur and Baghpat spanning 10,853 square kilometres and constituting 31.8 per cent area of the state—- are a part of the NCR. Two other districts, Bareilly and Kanpur, have been identified as counter magnet areas of NCR.
The state government has summoned a meeting of district magistrates (DM), officials of development authorities and town planners for attending a meeting in this regard in Lucknow on January 13. The proposal will be sent to NCR Planning Board under Union Ministry of Urban Development after the meeting.
“The demand for inclusion of some districts in the NCR has been raised. Things will be clear at a later stage,” said Devesh Chaturvedi, Principal Secretary, Planning.
The demand to include these six districts in NCR was raised in the past too. However, UP lost the race during the NCR planning board meeting in July 2013, when Mahendragarh and Bhiwani (both in Haryana) and Bharatpur (Rajasthan) were added to NCR.
Now, Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav is again pushing for the inclusion of six districts to NCR. The district level officials have been asked to come prepared with all details such as infrastructure, road and rail connectivity with Delhi, possibility of growth in terms of housing, power, existence of important institutes including educational centres, demographic figures, industry and local units with specific mention of absorption of work force and expected opportunities in coming years.
Housing and planning departments of the state government have been asked to finalise the proposal after the meeting of the district officials.