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Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda
Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda

Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda on Thursday asked the Centre to give a special grant for creation of infrastructure in the National Capital Region (NCR), increase allocation of power from the Central pool of unallocated share from 15 per cent to 30 per cent, and offer budgetary support as grant-in-aid for infrastructure projects in satellite towns to de-congest Delhi.

Addressing the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCPRB) meeting in New Delhi, he said the Board should fund projects for water supply, solid waste management and roads in NCR towns falling in Haryana.

According to an official release here, he also asked the Board to give early sanction for extension of the Delhi Metro railway from Mundka to Bahadurgarh and take steps to speed up metro connectivity between Delhi and Sonepat. The feasibility of a metro link between Delhi and Sonepat should be reconsidered. He also demanded a one-time grant for modernisation of the police force in the state to help strengthen law-and-order machinery in the NCR.

He claimed that Haryana was augmenting power resources to cater to the exponential increase in the demand of power in the NCR.

He also pleaded that the Board provide long-term soft loans for power projects at par with other basic infrastructure projects and not at the interest rate of 8.25 per cent per annum. The term of loan for power projects should also be increased from 10 to 18 years. “I would specifically request for immediate development of the road link between Northern Periphery Road (NPR) in Gurgaon and Dwarka in Delhi. We have already commenced construction work on this important road. The DDA and Delhi Government should also expedite construction of the road link,'' Mr. Hooda added.

He further demanded that Ganga water be allowed to flow into the NCR to quench the thirst of the people, especially in Haryana.

He further pleaded that in assessing the requirement of critical inputs like water and power, the entire NCR should be treated as one integrated unit. While preparing projects for augmenting water supply through utilization of Ganga water not only the requirement of Delhi but also of the entire NCR, including Haryana, should be taken into account, he added.

“Haryana is releasing more water than the share of Delhi which is 610 cusecs at Munak. The Carrier Lined Channel is complete but for the restoration of a cut which has been done unilaterally by Delhi. Delhi has not allowed Haryana to restore the cut despite a clear decision to that effect by the Upper Yamuna River Board. Delhi has yet to pay Rs.106 crore towards the cost of construction of the Channel, which according to the MOU, was to be paid to Haryana in advance,” he further said.

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