Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh have agreed to jointly develop a metro rail project connecting Muradnagar with Haridwar. The decision was taken in a meeting between Uttarakhand chief minister Harish Rawat and UP irrigation and PWD minister Shivpal Singh Yadav, who met Rawat on Tuesday to discuss and sort out bilateral issues.
The Uttarakhand CM is understood to have mooted the idea of developing a metro rail link along the Muradnagar-Haridwar Canal. Shivpal immediately agreed to the offer following which it was decided that a joint special purpose vehicle (SPV) would be set up and a feasibility study would be conducted to start work on the project at the earliest.
“We had a very fruitful meeting during which it was decided to sign a memorandum of understanding soon to get the Jamrani Dam project expedited and resolve all other bilateral issues within a specific time frame,” the irrigation minister said in a press release.
He said both UP and Uttarakhand shared a symbiotic relationship and could not make progress without the help and support of the other.
Yadav said UP would give proprietary rights of all the 37 canals whose origin and termination points were in Uttarkhand. This included 28 canals in Haridwar district and nine in Udham Singh Nagar district.
“We have agreed to allow holding of water sports in the upper Ganga near Roorkee to facilitate holding of National Games 2018 in the Hill state,” Yadav said adding that the Irrigation Department would also hand over 25 per cent of its properties in the region to Uttarakhand. On the Jamrani Dam project, Yadav said draft MoU was ready and after getting it approved by both the state governments, it would be sent to Centre for formal approval. “We will ink the pact by March end,” he said. On depolluting the Ganga, the PWD Minister said that the drains and nullah discharging sewer water into it would be diverted through a pipeline that would be laid along the river’s banks with funds to be provided by the UP Government.
Yadav said UP would provide land for establishing a graveyard for Christians at Ashram Nagar in Haridwar and also give land lying unused along the border to Uttarakhand on lease.