Chandigarh June 9: National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) today approved the inclusion of two more districts of Haryana namely Karnal and Jind in National Capital Region(NCR), thus bringing a total of 57 per cent area of Haryana in the NCR.
This was disclosed by Haryana Chief Minister, Mr Manohar Lal, after participating in the 35th meeting of the NCRPB in New Delhi today. The meeting was presided over by Union Minister for Urban Development, Housing and Urban Poverty Alleviation and Parliamentary Affairs, Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu, who is also Chairman of the NCRPB.
The Chief Minister also thanked Mr M. Venkaiah Naidu for including two more districts of Haryana in the NCR.
He said that he has sought specific provision by the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) to finance infrastructure upgradation in rural areas of NCR. Hesaid that developed rural areas play a vital role in checking migration to urban areas.
He said that Regional Plan-2021 for NCR region has been prepared with emphasis on the development of infrastructure in the urban centres. However, the objective of creation of NCR could not be fully achieved unless the infrastructure of the villages in the region is simultaneously upgraded, at par with the urban areas, to make them as attractive as towns.
The Chief Minister also stressed the need for sufficient budgetary support to the NCR Planning Board from the Union Budget to achieve the basic objective of decongesting Delhi and bring harmonious and qualitative development in the National Capital Region. He said that in order to provide quality infrastructure, like road network, mass rapid transit systems, power and water supply , adequate budgetary provision is required to be made for the Board which should be further passed on to the participating states. He said that this issue was also raised by the State Government in the meeting of Niti Aayog held on February 8, 2015 where it was emphasised that the Haryana Sub-Region, constituting 43.8 per cent of NCR, is one of the fastest growing economic regions in the country with vast potential for creating employment opportunities for millions of people and contributing to the national economy.