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Having excluded union territory-turned states Delhi and Goa from the overall state competitiveness rankings, it was impossible to ignore the National Capital Territory (NCT) Delhi or rather the bigger whole that is the National Capital Region. The NCR is unique because of the intensity of population and its huge purchasing power as well as the agglomeration of businesses. The NCR is as critical to Delhi as it is to the neighbouring states of Haryana, Uttar Pradesh (UP) and Rajasthan. The NCR must succeed if India has to succeed as a competitive nation. After all, the region contributes about 4 per cent to India’s gross domestic product (GDP), with tax collections contributing 15 per cent of the total, according to analysts.
And NCR as a whole is able to do what Delhi has failed to till now — generate enough economic activity to utilise the resources available, and attract investments. According to the Haryana government’s website, there are more than 400 large-and-medium-scale units in Gurgaon that attracted investments worth about Rs 9,000 crore in 2006-07 and around 8,000 small-scale units which brought in Rs 900 crore