Meerut: Delhi has turned out to be the most preferred destination for nearly 38 lakh people of adjoining states, who have settled here for its luxurious lifestyle, amazing infrastructure, wide roads, malls and modern facilities, including better employment opportunities in the national capital.

With their overwhelming presence, the migrants have overburdened Delhi. In order to check their mass influx, five counter magnet regions have been selected.

In a survey carried out by National Capital Region Planning Board (NCRPB), it was revealed that the population in 100 to 300 km region of NCT Delhi has increased from 1.38 crore in 2001 to 1.67 crore in 2011. This figure includes 38.2 lakh migrants, which was 22.22 lakh in 2001.

The migrant population includes at least 64.25 percent people from UP, Bihar and 7.87 percent from Uttrakhand, Rajasthan, Punjab and Haryana respectively.

The NCRPB report says that these migrants belong to those cities where there is a dearth of employment facilities, business and education. It was also disclosed that 2.5 percent people come to Delhi just for marriage. In order to keep a tab on the migrants, counter magnet zones will be created in Kanpur and Bareilly in Uttar Pradesh;Dehradun, Uttrakhand and Ambala and Hissar, Haryana.

The top 20 cities include 10 UP cities from where migrants are coming to Delhi. The list includes cities like Meerut, Bulandshahr, Aligarh, Ghaziabad, Eta, Azamgarh, Gorakhpur, Badaun and Muzzafarnagar.

Cities of Bihar like Darbhanga, Madhubani, Patna, Samastipur and Muzzafarpur including   Sonipat and Rohtakfrom Haryana, Gadhwal from Uttaranchal, Chatra from Jharkhand and Kolkata from West Bengal are also included in this list.

Recommendations regarding promoting public-private partnership in industrial parks, transportation hubs, knowledge centers, food parks,road expansion, transit facilities, etc. in the counter magnets zone have been sent to the state government.

JPN/Bureau