New Delhi, Jan.20: Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath on Monday announced the inclusion of two more districts of Haryana within the National Capital Region (NCR), which currently covers 168 cities and towns, spread over four federal states.
“Based on the request from Haryana Government, the board has today approved the inclusion of adjoining districts of Jind and Karnal of Haryana state in the NCR,” he said after the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) meet here today.
“One of the important things is that the population growth rate of Delhi has decreased from 47 percent in the ten years from 1991 to 2001. But in the period 2001 to 2011 this came down to 21.2 percent. This proves that the aims and objectives of setting up the National Capital Region (NCR) planning board are on the way to being achieved,” he added.
He further said that during the last few years, the Board has given financial assistance of Rs 2,252 crores for 42 new infrastructural development projects, and has released financial assistance of about 1362 crores for ongoing and new projects.
He also said that the Union Cabinet had approved setting up of NCR Transport Corporation.
“This new Corporation will design, construct, operate and maintain the RRTS (Regional Rapid Transit System). The company has already been incorporated, under the Company’s Act, with an initial equity capital of 100 crores and the Government of Haryana and the NCR Planning Board had already released the equity shares,” he said.
“All states will have equity of 12.5 crores in this. The Board considered this plan today, and approved its notification as the Regional Plan 2021, under the provisions of NCR Planning Board Act 1985,” he added.
Nath also said that NCRPB has already approved the draft sub-regional plan for Uttar Pradesh, and added that the draft sub-regional plans for Haryana and Rajasthan are at their final stages of preparation.
“In the case of NCT (National Capital Territory) of Delhi, the Delhi master plan will be treated as the sub-regional plan,” he said.
He asserted that the interest rates have been reduced from 8.25 percent to 7.25 percent.
“Participating states have already begun taking advantage of the low interest rates, and NCRPB has financed over 291 projects in the NCR,” he added.
In July last year, the NCR underwent an expansion by including three districts namely Mahendragarh, Bhiwani and Bharatpur to it. (ANI)