Haryana has proposed to reduce its area under NCR Whereas the remaining three member countries have not made any such proposal. Sources said that none of them had objected to Haryana’s proposal, which paved the way for its approval.
This is in sharp contrast to the efforts being made by successive governments in Haryana in the recent past to include more districts in the NCR. The data shows that while Haryana’s nominal area in the NCR was 13,413 sq km in the Regional Plan 2021, the actual area increased to 25,327 sq km by 2018 due to the addition of more districts. During this period, five more districts – Mahendragarh, Bhiwani, Charkhi-Dadri, Karnal and Jind – joined the NCR. Similarly, two districts of Uttar Pradesh Muzaffarnagar and Shamli and Bharatpur district of Rajasthan were brought in this region.
Sources told this for the first time that the board will consider two sets of proposed regional plan 2041 on Tuesday. Whereas a scheme will be based on existing NCR Region (55,144 sq km), the second will be based on the proposed reduction in area (42,083 sq km). He said that the board will approve any one of these.
Officials acknowledged that in the past, the inclusion of more districts in the NCR was noisy for “political” reasons and not from the point of sound planning and development of the area.
Learning from the past, the proposed regional plan has suggested that NCR cities should be planned with optimum high-rise and high-density norms. This has emphasized the need to address the problem of water scarcity as has Singapore – from being a water importer to a water surplus – in a few decades.