New Delhi: Keeping in view the overall infrastructure development in the National Capital Region (NCR), Union Urban Development Minister Kamal Nath has said that the Centre would provide special grants for major projects in this region. The Centre would give 15 percent grant to the states.

Besides the grants, the Centre would also promote PPP model for timely completion of projects.

While talking to the reporters after the NCR Planning Board meeting, Mr Kamal Nath said, “It is true that due to lack of funds, the projects are not being completed in stipulated time period .So, the Centre has decided to give special grants to the region.

He said that necessary steps would be taken to develop Metro Rail and road connectivity between Delhi and adjacent towns of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Bahadurgarh and Sonepat-Kundli. In this regard, meeting would also be held after every three months.

The minister said that till date Rs 18,000 crore has been released for 265 projects by the NCR Planning Board. Out of which, Rs 5,089 crore was given to Haryana while Rs 880 crore was allotted to Uttar Pradesh. While Rajasthan got Rs 350 crore, Delhi received an allocation of Rs 650 crore . In addition, the state governments were asked to make plans for NCR regions.  

The meeting presided by Kamal Nath was attended by Union Minister of State for Urban Development Saugat Rai, Lt Governor of Delhi Tejender Khanna and Urban Development Ministers of Delhi and Uttar Pradesh AK Walia and Abhishek Mishra.