The issue of transport assets between UP-Uttarakhand will be resolved soon, pending for 18 years

The issue of transport assets pending between UP and Uttarakhand for 18 years can now be resolved soon. On the order of the High Court, the Union Transport Secretary has called a meeting

The issue of transport assets between UP-Uttarakhand will be resolved soon, pending for 18 years

The Union Transport Secretary has called a meeting of officials of both the states on August 23 on the order of the High Court regarding the distribution of the assets of the Transport Corporation between Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. Earlier, the Central Secretary had taken two meetings in this matter last year. In these two meetings held on 28 February and 16 March last year, it was decided that Uttar Pradesh would pay the Uttarakhand roadways as per the agreement reached between the two states in October-2003. According to this agreement, Uttar Pradesh will have to pay 13.34 percent of the current market price of the four assets to Uttarakhand, which is said to be above Rs 250 crore. Uttar Pradesh is not ready to give this amount. He wants to end the case in 20-22 crores, for which Uttarakhand is not ready. Now the matter is once again in the court of the Central Government.

The issue of distribution of assets is pending for the last 18 years. Two years ago, this was filed in the High Court on behalf of the Uttaranchal Roadways Employees Union. Hearing on which, on 24 February-2020, the Chief Justice of the High Court had ordered the Central Government to find a positive solution to the matter within a month. In this case, on 28 February-2020 in New Delhi, the Union Transport Secretary had directed the officials of the Transport Corporation of Uttar Pradesh to submit a proposal of partition by 15 March-2020.

On 16 March, the Union Transport Secretary again took a meeting of the officials of both the states. Now for the last five months, the High Court is continuously hearing in the matter of salary and assets of the roadways workers of Uttarakhand. The High Court has given strict orders to the Central Government that this matter should be disposed of.

In this regard, the Union Transport Secretary has called a meeting of the Managing Directors of Transport and Roadways, Principal Secretaries of Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh on Monday, 23 August. Uttarakhand Transport Corporation Managing Director Dr. Neeraj Khairwal said that the matter is still under consideration in the High Court and on the orders of the High Court, the Union Transport Secretary has called a virtual meeting of the officers of both the states on August 23.

These are the four assets

Uttarakhand has expressed its stake on four assets. This includes two central workshops of the Transport Corporation in Kanpur, the car section including the transport headquarters in Lucknow and the property at Ajmeri Gate in Delhi. Uttarakhand's share in all the four assets is said to be 13.34 percent.