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City planners may cut down size of National Capital Region for better management, protection of farmers

City planners from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi are deliberating two options – the first being a 35,000 sq km NCR and the second comprising 45,000 sq km.

The National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB) has proposed a reduction in the size of Delhi-NCR from the current 55,000 sq km to 35,000-45,000 sq km to manage the area better and to protect land owned by farmers.

City planners from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi are deliberating two options – the first being 35,483 sq km and the second comprising 45,583 sq km, sources said.

The NCR is presently spread over a 55,083 sq km area.

"We have two options. The first option is for a 100 km around Delhi with major transit corridors contiguous to that being part of it. That is a more compact area. This is expected to be around 35,000 sq km. The second option is to have 200 km and is expected to be around 45,000 sq km," NCR Planning Board member secretary Archana Agrawal said at the stakeholder conference on Delineation of NCR held on January 17.