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NCR Planning Board Will Make Delhi Better Again

Delhi has been experiencing phenomenal growth of population since the nation's independence; the growth in Delhi's population has contributed to increasing congestion and shortages of civic amenities

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Entrance to lndraprastha Metro Station on Ring Road

Delhi has been experiencing phenomenal growth of population since the nation's independence; the growth in Delhi's population has contributed to increasing congestion and shortages of civic amenities. As the city grows, its problems of land, housing, transportation and management of essential infrastructures like water supply and sewerage would become more acute.

National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) is an urban planning body for the National Capital Region. It covers 34,144 square kilometres, which is the largest metropolitan region in India. It is also the most populated metropolitan area in the country with a population of 46,049,032.

National Capital Region (NCR) is a unique example of inter-state regional planning and development, covering the entire National Capital Territory of Delhi, thirteen districts of State of Haryana, seven districts of State of Uttar Pradesh and two districts of State of Rajasthan, with the Nation Capital as its core. The National Capital Region (NCR) in India was constituted under the NCRPB Act, 1985 with the key rationale to promote balanced and harmonised development of the Region, and to avoid any haphazard development.

The concept of the NCR Regional Plan-2021 is to develop the entire NCR as a region of global excellence. The Plan is to promote economic growth and balanced development of the Region and seeks to attain these through:

(a) Providing suitable economic base for future growth by identification and development of regional settlements capable of absorbing the economic development impulse of Delhi;
(b) Providing efficient and economic rail and road-based transportation networks (including mass transport systems) well integrated with the land use patterns to support balanced regional development in such identified settlements;
(c) Minimising the adverse environmental impact that may occur in the process of development of the NCR;
(d) Developing selected urban settlements with urban infrastructure facilities such as transport, power, communication, drinking water, sewerage and drainage comparable with Delhi;
(e) Providing a rational land use pattern.
(f) Promoting sustainable development in the region for improving the quality of life.

Greater emphasis has to be laid on following sectors for better development:
1. Transport
2. Power
3. Water
4. Sewerage
5. Solid Waste Management
6. Drainage
7. Irrigation
8. Tele Communication
9. Shelter
10. Social Infrastructure
11. Heritage & Tourism
12. Environment
13. Disaster Management


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