After the National Capital Regional Planning Board (NCRPB) on Friday considered the sub-regional plan 2021 for Haryana districts falling with the national capital region, the state government told the board it would take into the account its observations as well as that of ministry of environment and forests (MoEF) before finalising the sub-regional plan.
Haryana has to submit a compliance report before the Punjab and Haryana high court by May 9 on the status of its sub-regional plan vis-a-vis the NCRPB’s observations. The HC has restrained the state government from issuing any colonisation licences, change of land use per missions till the time the plan was approved by the NCRPB.
A sub-regional plan is a written statement accompanied by maps, diagrams, illustrations and descriptive matters for the purpose of explaining or illustrating the proposals contained plan.
The sub-regional plan indicates reservation of areas for specific land-uses which are of the regional or sub-regional importance, future urban and major rural settlements indicating their area, projected population, predominant economic functions, approximate site and location, road network to the district roads and roads connecting major rural settlements, proposals for the co-ordination of traffic and transportation, priority areas at sub-regional level for which immediate plans are necessary, proposals for the supply of drinking water and for drainage etc.
Haryana officials who attended the meeting of the NCRPB said that there were about 19 observations made by the board, which can be broadly clubbed into 4-5 issues. Besides, the MoEF made certain last-minute observations, including the delineation of forest areas and their geo-reference mapping, citing the orders of Supreme Court.
“We are not recommending any construction in Mangar Bani area of Faridabad. The stand of the government remains the same as it is in the Mangar draft development plan,” said an official. On the issue of 0.5% construction in natural conservation zones, the government has taken a stand that it will go by the provisions in the Regional Plan 2021,” officials said.
As per the section 19 of the BCRPB Act, before publishing any sub-regional plan, each participating state has to refer it to the board to ensure that such plan is in conformity with the Regional Plan.
The board after examining sub-regional plan, communicates within 60 days from the date of receipt of such plan, its observations with regard to the sub-regional plan.
The state will after due consideration of the observations made by the board, finalises the sub-regional plan after ensuring that it is in conformity with the regional plan.