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Re-Locate Government and its Agencies out of Delhi

It is long overdue to relocate parts of Government including its regulatory agencies out of Delhi.

This will reduce the congestion in Delhi, bring down the pressure to build new offices and residential buildings, promote federalism, give importance to developing state capitals and other cities (eg, Pune, Coimbatore, Jalandhar, Ludhiana, Allahabad, Cuttack, Varanasi, Burdwan, Kanpur, Vadodara, etc) to mention only a few.

There will be resistance because everyone seems to want to live in Delhi irrespective of the air pollution which is severe, the growing traffic jams, the law and order problems, the issue of women’s security etc. But, going on expanding and growing Delhi will be the wrong way to go forward.

For example, if the Regulatory Agencies are distributed around the country it would be compel those concerned with that Regulator to travel to that city as is the case with the Insurance Industry Regulator which is based in Hyderabad or RBI in Mumbai.

This process will be a huge plus point for the different states and cities and lead to their development.

And, the reduced pressure on Delhi will mean less traffic, less congestion in the city and improvement in the quality of life.

There must be a stop to the focus on Delhi just because it is more convenient and people naturally want to gravitate to the Capital. This needs to be resisted and a brake can be put to new construction in the city and its neighbouring areas.

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