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Division of assets between UP and Uttarakhand

Date: 01 December 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous

Issue

An agreement has been reached regarding division of assets and liabilities between Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh.

 

Background

Uttarakhand was carved out of Uttar Pradesh 21 years ago and the division of assets has been a bone of contention between the two states.

 

Details

  • The disputes are mainly concerning the assets and liabilities ranging across transport, irrigation, forests, tourism and food & civil supplies.

  • During the reorganization under Uttar Pradesh Reorganisation Act 2000, property ownership will be given to the state in which it is located.

  • Still, Uttar Pradesh controls Tehri Dam, Nanak Sagar Dam, Baigul Dam, Tumaria Dam (out of six dams located in Uttarakhand) and Alaknanda guest house.

  • Successive governments have tried to resolve the disputes related to irrigation, sharing of employees and liabilities, but with little success.

 

The new deal

  • Irrigation departments of both states would conduct a joint survey of 5,700 hectares of land and 1,700 buildings in Uttarakhand.

  • The assets that are important for UP will be retained while the remaining would go completely to Uttarakhand.

  • Income and liabilities of properties of the Uttar Pradesh Awas Vikas Parishad located in Uttarakhand will be jointly shared.

  • Cases pending in courts would be solved through mutual consent. Damaged barrages at Banbasa on the India-Nepal border and Kichcha would be reconstructed by UP.

 

Opposition

The opposition party has alleged that assets of Uttarakhand have been surrendered to UP even though the Uttar Pradesh Reorganisation Act gave these rights to Uttarakhand.