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Khattar urges Union Ministries for setting up statutory empowered Board or Authority to facilitate of infrastructure

Chandigarh Sept 20 (UNI) Haryana Cheif Minister Manohar Lal Khattar urged Union Ministries of Home Affairs and Housing and Urban Affairs to set up a statutory authority for the development of regional infrastructure and to meet the growing aspirations of the residents of Tri-city of Panchkula, Mohali and Chandigarh and to also ensure effective coordination on the pattern of NCR Planning Board.
Mr Khattar was speaking at 29th meeting of the Northern Zonal Council organized here on Friday.
Union Home Minister Amit Shah, Governor of Jammu and Kashmir Satya Pal Malik, Punjab Governor and Administrator of UT of Chandigarh VP Singh Badnore, Punjab Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh, Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, Himachal Cheif Minister Jai Ram Thakur, Lt Governor of Delhi Anil Baijal, Haryana Finance Minister Capt. Abhimanyu, Agriculture and Farmers’ Welfare Minister OP Dhankar and Miniser of State for Social Justice and Empowerment Krishan Kumar were also present in the meeting.
While welcoming Mr Amit Shah in Chandigarh, Mr Khattar said that there is a clear need for having an institutional arrangement for enhancing mutual coordination on various issues and the most critical of these is responding to the growing urban character and meeting the growing aspirations of the residents of Tri-city.
The Chief Minister said that though Haryana is relatively a small State, yet it makes significant contributions to the Indian economy. He said that our per capita income of Rs 2,26,644 is the highest among all the big States. In terms of economic growth rate, the State ranked as the third fastest growing State of the country. “Apart from this, we are at the fifth rank both in order of exports from India and in GST collections. Haryana is fourth in India in issuance of E-way bills and it tops in the rankings of Ease of Doing Business in North India and stands third in the country”, he added.
While describing Sutlej Yamuna Link (SYL) Canal as the lifeline of Haryana, he said that Memorandum of Understandings (MoUs) for Renuka and Lakhwar-Vyasi dams on river Yamuna and its tributaries have been signed. For this, he thanked the Government of India and the State Governments. He hoped that MoU for Kishau dam would also be entered into soon and added that early construction of these projects would help ease the enormous water stress faced by Haryana as against the demand of 36.0 MAF water, the availability of water is only 14.7 MAF. He said that despite this, Haryana is giving extra water to Delhi in compliance of the Apex Court’s orders, from our share of Yamuna waters, even as Punjab is not delivering Haryana's full share of the Ravi-Beas water. The supplies of water from river Yamuna have been dwindling over the recent years and it is most unfortunate that more than a thousand villages in Haryana and millions of hectares of land are still bereft of water, he asserted.
While emphasizing the need for all the member-States to work in tandem to ensure development of infrastructure, protection of environment and maintenance of law and order, he said,“I am happy to state that my fellow Chief Ministers of five States and representatives of three others met on August 20, 2018 in Chandigarh and deliberated on how to strengthen the fight against the growing menace of drug abuse in the region”. He further said in this direction, it has been decided to set up an Inter-State Drug Information Secretariat at Panchkula to which all participant States have since appointed their Nodal Officers. Thereafter, another meeting was conducted under the chairmanship of Chief Minister, Punjab Mr Amarinder Singh on July 25, 2019 in which extremely fruitful follow up discussions were held.
The Chief Minister said that the deligiberations in today’s meeting would help the states to resolve all outstanding issues of Northern Zone and help them towards building a modern, strong and prosperous India.
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