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Panchgram cities set to reshape the contours of Haryana NCR

Chandigarh: Five urban centres and industrial townships to be developed over 2.5 lakh hectares along the alignment of the 135 km Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway are going to re- shape the outline of the national capital region (NCR) falling in Haryana.

Christened as Panchgram, the new urban centers will be developed by an umbrella organisation called Panchgram Development Authority.

The Haryana council of ministers recently approved a draft Bill for the development of these new cities. The Bill will be tabled in the assembly for enactment of legislation to execute the Panchgram project.

The project envisages shaping contiguous areas around the KMP Expressway into Panchgram region for developing new industrial townships and urban centres.

“This is essential to meet the needs of rapid industrialisation and urbanisation of the national capital region,’’ said additional chief secretary, industries and commerce, Devender Singh. He said the government would like to develop one township on pilot basis.

Panchgram to comprise 8 districts

Officials said the land from eight districts of Gurgaon, Faridabad, Palwal, Mewat, Rewari, Sonepat, Rohtak and Jhajjar would come into play for the development of the five urban centers and industrial townships.

As per the preliminary plan, 121 villages of Sonepat, Rohtak and Jhajjar would form the first urban centre of Panchgram.

The second Panchgram township would comprise 129 villages 0f Gurgaon and Jhajjar.

The third new urban centre would come up on land of 159 villages of Rewari, Gurgaon and Mewat while the fourth would be set up on 185 villages of Palwal, Faridabad, Gurgaon and Mewat.

The fifth township would come up on the land 166 villages of Faridabad and Palwal districts.

The BJP government may name the five new urban centres after characters from the Mahabharata epic or after ancient cities like Nalanda, Vaishali, Vidhisha, an official privy to the planning process said.

“We plan to develop the land both on the inner and outer areas of the KMP Expressway. The entire vacant area between the expressway and the national capital would be planned as urban centres and the area on the outer side would be planned depending on the development potential. The development would take place within 2 to 6 km of the expressway loop on both the sides,’’ said an official.

‘Will open up more areas for trade, housing’