Stating this at the 32nd meeting of NCR Planning Board here today, he urged the Centre to provide special grants for major projects of infrastructure development in National Capital Region (NCR).
The meeting, presided by Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath, was attended by Union Minister of State for Urban Development Saugat Rai, Lt Governor of Delhi Tejender Khanna and Urban Development Ministers of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh AK Walia and Abhishek Mishra, besides members of NCR Planning Board and officers of DDA, NDMC and states.
Hooda said Haryana has prepared development plans for 25 out of 35 towns of Haryana NCR sub region, even as the state Government has taken necessary steps to develop Metro Rail and road connectivity between Delhi and adjacent towns of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Bahadurgarh and Sonepat-Kundli.
The Chief Minister said Haryana Government will be spending over Rs 1,557 crore for extension of Delhi Metro from Badarpur to YMCA Chowk, Faridabad and this project is likely to commence by August, 2014 and a Detailed Project Report is being prepared for extending it further to Ballabhgarh. He suggested the development of Delhi-Panipat and Delhi-Alwar corridors as National Projects.
Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath said 108 towns in four states have to be developed in the NCR region, for which there is need of cooperation and coordination between various agencies of states. He also talked about limited availability of funds with the Centre as well as states and laid stress on implementing the development projects through PPP mode.
Hooda said that the state has taken initiative to develop intra-city Metro system in Gurgaon, under which Sector 56 and Sikanderpur (Gurgaon) will be connected by metro rail line of 6.5 km length.
While the Detailed Project Report of the Airport Express Link between Sector 21 (Dwarka) and IFFCO Chowk (Gurgaon) through high-speed Metro Rail is being examined, the extension of metro rail from Mundka (Delhi) to Bahadurgarh (Haryana) will be taken up after the portion of Delhi is completed by Centre and Delhi Government in Phase-III of Delhi Metro.
He demanded that feasibility of metro link between Delhi and Sonepat should be reconsidered and Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway is being developed, which will help decongest Delhi and reduce pollution.
The road from Palwal to Manesar is nearly complete and the work on Manesar-Kundli portion is going on fast, he said, pointing out that road connectivity between Delhi and the adjacent towns of Haryana is grossly inadequate.
Hooda also mentioned about development of two Regional Rapid Transit System (RRTS) projects – Delhi-Sonepat-Panipat and Delhi-Gurgaon-Rewari-Alwar and said since these are highly capital intensive projects, the same be implemented as national projects and sought Urban Development Ministry’s help.
Hooda also said that like Faridabad, Gurgaon should also be taken under JNNURM or otherwise necessary funds should be provided for running at least 200 buses in the town.
He said that the demand for water and power has also gone up with the development of NCR. State Government has committed plan support of Rs 3000 crore during the 12th Five Year Plan for transmission and distribution utilities in the State, of which 50 per cent is likely to be spent in the NCR.
Keeping in view the need for huge investment for providing infrastructure in the NCR, Centre should give special grant, Hooda said, adding that NCR should also be provided at least 30 per cent power from Central Pool, as against 15 per cent presently.
For augmenting water supply in the NCR, Hooda said that Ganga water should also be provided to NCR along with Delhi. He informed that the construction work of Munak Canal has been completed. The remaining portion is to be completed by Delhi Government. For increasing the water supply in Delhi and NCR, Hooda said the concerned quarters be persuaded to complete the upstream storages of Renuka, Kishau and Lakhwar Vyasi dams on river Yamuna.
Hooda said that with the development of the NCR, the incidence of crime has also gone up in the area and said there is urgent need to augment and modernize the police dorce for which the Planning Board should provide a one-time grant to the state government.
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