17% migrants to Delhi from 10 districts in UP: Board

At a time when Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has been underlining that National Capital Region (NCR) towns like Noida and Gurgaon have not served their purpose in decongesting the Capital, the NCR Planning Board has stressed on the need to develop counter-magnet areas to decrease migration. The NCRPB has also identified 20 districts from where migration to Delhi is the highest.

Attending the meeting of the NCRPB on Monday, Dikshit stressed the need to develop better infrastructure in satellite towns. "The burden of increased migration cannot be borne by Delhi alone. For example, figures show that between 32 to 36 per cent of patients in government hospitals in Delhi are from outside the city. To ensure a better future, we need to plan better," Dikshit said. She added that waste management and the housing shortage also needed to be considered.

According to the NCRPB draft revised regional plan 2021, 10 districts in Uttar Pradesh alone accounted for 17.32 per cent of migrants to Delhi. The districts include Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Meerut, Ghaziabad and Agra. Five districts in Bihar, including Madhubani, Darbhanga and Patna account for seven per cent, followed by Haryana, Uttarakhand, Jharkhand and West Bengal.

Dikshit and the NCRPB have agreed that better employment, business opportunities and education were among the main reasons for the influx into Delhi. The NCRPB has also recommended the development of effective counter magnet areas, which would attract migrants and take pressure off the NCR.

The NCRPB has zeroed in on Ambala and Hisar in Haryana, Bareilly and Kanpur in Uttar Pradesh and Dehradun in Uttarakhand as counter-magnet areas for the NCR. The NCRPB draft plan reads, "These counter-magnet areas shall be areas of about 120 km radius around the identified towns as zone of influence for migration. State governments shall notify their respective CMAs proposed to be developed in and around these towns and prepare a development plan and plan of action for implementation."

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