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‘Pending cases between U’khand, UP to be resolved by next month’

Most of the cases of disputed assets between Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh that had been lingering for the past 17 years will be resolved by next month, says chief minister TS Rawat

dehradun Updated: Jun 25, 2017 20:12 IST
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Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat takes part in a cleanliness drive in Dehradun on Sunday.
Chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat takes part in a cleanliness drive in Dehradun on Sunday.(PTI Photo)

Most of the cases of disputed assets between Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh that had been lingering for the past 17 years will be resolved by next month, chief minister Trivendra Singh Rawat announced here on Sunday.

Speaking at a function held here to mark the completion of 100 days of the BJP government in Uttarakhand, he said both sides have resolved several cases relating to disputed assets.

“For instance, we will soon get the ownership of some 33 canals,” Rawat said, adding that the Uttar Pradesh government had also agreed on the construction of Jamrani dam project in Haldwani.

“Once this project is completed the water requirement of the entire Bhabhar and Terai areas in Kumaon will be met,” he said. “Similarly, the water requirement of several areas in Uttar Pradesh would also be met.”

Rawat described the approval of a CBI probe into the ₹300 crore NH-74 land scam as the biggest achievement of his 100-day old government.

“I recommended the CBI inquiry within five days of taking over as the chief minister,” he said.

Rawat claimed that the CBI probe into “such a massive land fraud is a clear proof that the BJP government is sincere about implementing its zero tolerance for corruption”.

“It was one of the key promises we made to the people during the assembly elections and they reposed trust in us by giving our party the unprecedented mandate,” he said while sharing a number of anti-graft measures taken by his government during its first 100 days in office.

Rawat said his government also discovered a massive scam involving the previous Congress government in the appointments of block development officers. “We immediately cancelled those appointments and have issued an order whereby all appointments relating to government jobs would be made in a transparent manner,” he said.

Rawat announced that his government succeeded in blocking a number of leakages reported under the previous Congress government relating to the revenue generated through mining.

“In Haridwar alone, we collected a fine of ₹25 crore from illegal mining alone within 21 days since we came to power,” he said.

“Conversely, the revenue of just ₹13 crore was recorded in a year from that district under the previous Congress government.”

Rawat said his government had collected excise revenue to the tune of ₹2.70 crore from in the past 100 days.

On the infrastructure side, he said the Dehradun-Rishikesh-Haridwar Metro rail project would be completed within the next five years.

“That will divert a massive traffic load from that busy route that links Uttarakhand with the national capital,” said the chief minister.

He said Uttarakhand would also be benefited by the Rookree-Deoband-Mujaffarnagar rail project on which an agreement was recently reached between his government and the Centre. “This project will shorten the distance between Delhi and the state’s border districts by six hours,” he announced.