U’khand, UP agree to resolve outstanding issues: Nishank
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Last Updated: Sunday, November 29, 2009, 21:28
Dehradun: A day after holding talks with his Uttar Pradesh counterpart Mayawati, Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhariyal Nishank today said the two states have agreed to resolve all the outstanding issues, including the division of assets and liabilities.

"My talks with Mayawati were very meaningful. We have agreed to resolve all issues through monthly talks," Nishank told reporters here after holding talks in Lucknow.

He said the chief secretaries of both states would hold talks once in a month either in Lucknow or Dehradun to thrash out these issues on priority basis.

Nishank's comments assume significance as Uttarakhand has been seeking division of assets and liabilities related to irrigation department, which are located in the hill state but still in control of Uttar Pradesh. The two states are fighting a legal battle in the Supreme Court.

He said Mayawati has also agreed in principle to transfer the ownership rights of 41 canals to Uttarakhand.

Uttar Pradesh has also agreed to reserve 16 seats for post-graduate courses in its medical colleges for students of Uttarakhand. This, he said, would end the shortage of specialised doctors in the state.

Mayawati also expressed her readiness to transfer 18 hectares of land to NHAI for the early completion of four-lane Delhi-Haridwar national highway, Nishank said.


First Published: Sunday, November 29, 2009, 21:28

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