The centre was examining a proposal from the Uttar Pradesh government for inclusion of four districts – Mathura, Saharanpur, Aligarh and Bijnor – in the National Capital Region (NCR), housing and urban affairs minister Hardeep Singh Puri, informed the parliament on March 20, 2018. Besides, a proposal for inclusion of Jhunjhunu in the NCR has been forwarded to the Rajasthan government for its comments, Puri said in a written reply in the Lok Sabha.
Uttar Pradesh’s Shamli district was the latest to be included in the NCR in December 2017, taking the total number of districts in the NCR to 23. Puri said the issue of notification related to Shamli’s inclusion was under process. “The proposals regarding other districts (Mathura, Saharanpur, Aligarh and Bijnor) received on December 19, 2017, from the Uttar Pradesh government, are under examination,” the minister said. Cities in the NCR get funds at attractive interest rates from the National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB), for infrastructure development.