With the National Capital Region (NCR) planning board adding two more districts of Haryana — Mahendergarh and Bhiwani – into its fold, over 50% districts in the state have become part of NCR. Haryana has 21 districts, of which 11 are in NCR now.

As the board has also agreed to consider inclusion of two more districts — Karnal and Jind — in NCR, the geographical area of the state under NCR may cross 50% from the present 45%, said a senior officer of Haryana town and country planning department on July 2.

Bordering Delhi on the west, north and south, Haryana contributes the largest area to NCR and forms its western and northern peripheries.

Haryana has been claiming that its districts have fulfilled the objectives of creation of NCR by effectively checking migration to Delhi by attracting reverse migration. According to Haryana public health engineering minister, with the inclusion of new districts, many developmental projects related to transport, railways, education, health facilities, industry, infrastructure, power, irrigation and water would come up in these areas.

A Member of Parliament from Bhiwani-Mahendergarh, said that people in the area would benefit from the decision. “Apart from land development, the Central government would invest Rs 2 lakh crore in the entire NCR by 2021,” she said.

The state government has also urged the planning board to provide financial assistance in the form of grant-in-aid for major projects like metro connectivity and affordable housing.

Rapid development in NCR has already led to abnormal increase in traffic, forcing the state government to widen the roads in NCR. For smooth traffic movement between Delhi and Haryana NCR towns, there is requirement of additional road links.

Haryana has also been urging the Centre to sanction special financial package for Haryana police to meet the challenges of policing in the districts falling under the NCR. State officials felt that the security environment in Haryana is largely impacted by the state’s proximity to Delhi as Gurgaon and Faridabad have unbroken urban continuity with the national capital territory and cannot be isolated from Delhi, when it comes to law and order and security matters.