Chandigarh: President Pranab Mukherjee has expressed the desire to adopt 50 more villages in Haryana to develop them as smart villages, Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar said on Friday.

Khattar told the Haryana assembly on the last day of the budget session that the President, who had earlier adopted five villages in the state for development, wanted to adopt more villages.

The President in July 2016 adopted Alipur, Daula, Harchandpur and Tajnagar in Gurgaon and Rozkameo in the backward Mewat district.

New initiatives in the field of health, skill development, infrastructure and agriculture have been taken in these villages.

Khattar said the 50 new villages to be adopted were located within five km radius of the earlier ones.