The Draft Development Plan for Manesar-Bawal Investment Region (MBIR) – 2039, a new industrial hub located about 82 km South-West of Delhi, has been approved. The plan envisages a projected population of 32 lakh and has over 40,000 hectares of urban area.

Under the first phase of the plan approved by the State-level committee of Town and Country Planning Department, 8,800 hectares of land would be developed from 2011-12 and 15,000 hectares in the second phase till 2031. The third phase of the MBIR would be completed by 2039.

An industrial township spread over an area of 400 sq km would also be developed in the first phase of the plan. It would include the existing Bawal Industrial Town and a stretch along National Highway-8 up to Rajasthan border.

In the MBIR plan, an area of 11,189 hectares has been earmarked for residential purpose, 1,120 hectares for commercial purpose, 6,771 for industrial, 4,254 for transport and communication, 441 for public utilities, 892 for public and semi-public, 13,005 for open spaces and recreation, 424 for rivers and water bodies and 2,136 for natural zone.

Besides, forest and mining areas would be incorporated in the plan keeping in view the possibility of extracting slate stone in the peripheral area.

It was also recommended in the meeting that the green belt area falling in the residential areas should be increased and a 30-metre green belt should be left on both sides of NH-8. On the problem of drainage of water, it was stated in the meeting that a study was being conducted through an international consultant who would submit its report within three months.

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda, who was present in the meeting, stressed on the need for recycling of water so as to overcome shortage.

The Chief Minister was apprised that two to five per cent reservation would be granted to the students in the educational institutes of the area where land has been acquired by the State Government.