Counter-magnet towns are identified as those that can be developed as alternative centres of growth and attract migrants to them rather than Delhi. Promoting growth of counter magnet towns are the principal components of the strategy to reduce both migration and population explosion in the Delhi metropolitan area.
These towns are located in six states-Uttarakhand, Madhya Pradesh and Punjab, in addition to Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan, which are already part of the national capital region.
The criteria for selecting counter magnet towns are:
- They should not be within approximately 250 kilometres from Delhi
- Should have their own established roots and potential of growth.
- Should not be centres of either religious, strategic or environmental importance.
Hisar, 160 km
Ambala, 200 km
. Gwalior, 320 km
Patiala, 230 km
Madhya Pradesh state
• Kota, 525 km
Uttar Pradesh state
Kanpur, 260 km
Moradabad, 160 km
Aligarh, 158 km
• Uttarakhand state
Dehradun, 240 km