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National Capital Region Planning Board Approves Draft Regional Plan-2041 To Improve Connectivity Among Towns

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The draft plan places impetus on connecting cities in NCR with helitaxi providers to advertise tourism (File)

New Delhi:

The NCR Planning Board on Tuesday authorized the Draft Regional Plan-2041 paving the way in which for a future-ready, slum-free National Capital Region with air ambulance facility and high-speed connectivity by means of helitaxis, street, rail and inland waterways.

The draft plan places particular impetus on 30-minute connectivity by means of super-fast trains inside main cities of NCR and in addition proposes to discover feasibility of 30-minute Mass Transit Rail System (MTRS) from nearest NCR boundaries to Delhi.

According to an official assertion, the plan was authorized in a gathering of the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) on Tuesday which was chaired by Minister of Housing and Urban Affairs (MHOUA) Hardeep Singh Puri.

The authorized draft plan will probably be made public quickly for feedback.

“Board has approved Draft Regional Plan-2041 with some modifications to be shared for public comments… It was desired that after carrying out necessary changes as per procedure to consider comments or feedbacks, efforts should be made to notify the final version of Regional Plan-2041 by the end of March 2022 with the approval of the board,” a NCRPB assertion mentioned.

The assembly was attended by Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar, Delhi Urban Development Minister Satyendar Jain and Rajasthan Urban Development Minister Shanti Kumar Dhariwal and Uttar Pradesh Khadi Gram Udyog, MSME Minister Sidharth Nath Singh together with senior officers.

The Regional Plan-2041 envisages to make NCR a wise linked area by enhancing connectivity amongst cities with assist of bullet trains, helitaxi providers, sensible roads and evolve the area right into a economically affluent area with citizen centric harmonious infrastructure.

It lays key concentrate on multi modal connectivity throughout NCR by means of air, street, rail and inland waterway connectivity.

“The draft plan also proposes promoting electric mobility infrastructure. The plan laid emphasis on circular economy of water and air quality improvements to help environment conservation. Urban regeneration, ease of living, slum-free NCR, 24 hours air ambulance, Swachh and Smart NCR are major initiatives of this Regional Plan,” the assertion mentioned.

The draft plan states it’s essential to minimise journey occasions throughout NCR and restrict journey occasions throughout NCR beneath 30-minutes by superfast trains and helitaxi providers, inside 60 minutes by different trains and two to 3 hours by automobile.

“Delhi should have 30-minute connectivity through superfast trains with major cities of NCR. Efforts should be directed towards easing out traffic congestions and create a more integrated, user-centric, accessible, and affordable transportation system,” the Draft Regional Plan-2041 mentioned.

The NCRPB covers total Delhi, eight districts of Uttar Pradesh, 14 districts of Haryana and two districts of Rajasthan. Collectively it covers an space of about 55,083 sq. kilometres.

The draft plan places impetus on connecting cities in NCR with helitaxi providers to advertise tourism and fast connectivity.

“Helitaxi service be provided at each district headquarters and tourist destinations to promote tourism,” the Draft Regional Plan-2041 mentioned.

The draft plan recommends creation of world class aviation hubs and services by growing a community of air transport throughout NCR with heliports and operational airports at each NCR district headquarter to advertise “fly from Delhi NCR”.

In addition to Eastern and Western Peripheral expressways, the Draft Regional Plan-2041 additionally recommends development of two extra regional expressways.

It mentioned round regional expressway connecting Panipat-Shamli-Meerut-Jewar-Nuh-Bhiwadi-Reqari-Jhajjar-Rohtak-Panipat and one other such regional expressway connecting Karnal-Muzaffarnagar-Garhmukteshwar-Naraura-Aligarh-Mathura-Deeg -Alwar-Mahendragarh-Charkhi Dadri-Bhiwani-Jind- Kaithal-Karnal must be developed for balanced growth of NCR-based services.

“The NCRPB chairman expressed his views that the Draft RP is an evolving document and views of the states on the draft provisions may be reviewed till it gets finalised and approved by the board for publication and implementation,” the NCRPB assertion mentioned.

The draft plan additionally places impetus on growth of bicycle and pedestrian services throughout the NCR.

The regional plan says that inhabitants within the NCR is predicted to develop to round 7 crore by 2031 and to about 11 crore by 2041 so there’s a must make the area “future-ready” for sustainable growth.

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