New Delhi: The coverage of the National Capital Region (NCR) may be reduced to 24 per cent. Now all eyes are on an important decision of the NCR Planning Board. It is expected that on Tuesday, the board may approve the proposal under which five districts of Karnal, Mahendergarh, Charkhi-Dadri and Bhiwani can be completely removed and the three tehsils of Panipat and Rohtak districts can be taken out of the NCR border.
In fact, Haryana has proposed to reduce the scope of its areas falling in the NCR, while the other three member states have not made any proposal in this regard. Some media reports are quoting sources as saying that none of these states has even opposed Haryana's proposal. Due to this, it is expected that the Board may approve the proposal of Haryana.
As per the Regional Plan data for the year 2021, the total area of Haryana indicated in NCR is 13,413 square kilometres. While in the year 2018, due to the addition of some other districts, the area has increased to 25,327 square km. During this period, five other states - Mahendragarh, Bhiwani, Charkhi-Dadri, Karnal and Jind - have also been included in the NCR. Similarly, two districts of Uttar Pradesh, Muzaffarnagar and Shamli and the Bharatpur district of Rajasthan also came under the NCR.