National Capital Region likely to shrink as ‘Draft Regional Plan 2041’ approved | India News


NEW DELHI: The National Capital Region (NCR) is likely to be reduced to a 100 km radius from Rajghat with the NCR Planning Board On Tuesday the ‘Draft Regional Plan 2041’ is approved, which aims at the targeted development of the urban areas of the RNC, official sources said. They said that NCR currently it extends to around 150-175 kilometers, covering entire districts and their rural areas. But with the passage of the 2041 Regional Plan, it is unlikely that areas beyond 100 km will form a major part of the NCR.
A draft detailed plan will be released soon for suggestions and objections and subsequently notified by the NCR Planning Board.
“Linear corridors will be developed beyond a 100 km radius and up to the existing NCR boundary, paving the way for development in areas that fall within one kilometer of highways, national highways and the regional rapid transit system,” a source told PTI.
Furthermore, the decision to include or omit Tehsils which is partly within this 100 km delimitation will be left to the respective state governments.
The 2021 Regional Plan, which is available on the NCRPB website, had identified seven metropolitan centers: Faridabad-Ballabgarh, Gurgaon-Manesar, Ghaziabad-Loni, Noida, Sonepat-Kundli, Greater Noida and Meerut.
In addition, it had also identified 11 regional centers: Bahadurgah, Panipat, Rohtak, Palwal, Rewari-Dharuhera-Bawal, Hapur-Pilkhua, Bulandshahr-Khurja, Baghpat-Baraut, Alwar, Greater Bhiwadi, Shahjahanpur-Neemrana-Behror.
With the passage of the 2041 Regional Plan, areas beyond 100 kilometers are unlikely to be major parts of the NCR region.
“Gurgaon, Faridabad, Noida, Greater Noida and some areas of Meerut and others will remain part of the NCR as they are in the 100 km radius condition. We have already developed areas that are covered within 50-60 kilometers radio. Now, there will be a focus on the remaining part, “said the source.
The Draft Regional Plan-2041 also paved the way for a future-ready National Capital Region, free of slums with air ambulance facilities and high-speed connectivity via helitaxis, highways, railways, and inland waterways.
The draft plan gives a special boost to 30-minute connectivity via superfast trains within major NCR cities and also proposes to explore the feasibility of the 30-minute mass transit rail system (MTRS) from the NCR boundaries plus near Delhi.

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