Rajasthan government to acquire Udaipur House in New Delhi
Rajasthan wins the battle over Udaipur House in New Delhi.
The Udaipur House in New Delhi is soon to become Rajasthan government’s property. The building worth 1500 crores used to be the residence of Udaipur Maharana long time back. It is situated in Civil Lines in Delhi over an area of 12,000 square metres near Tis Hazari court.
Post independence the property had been given to Rajasthan government but is in possession of Delhi presently. Rajasthan government and Delhi government were fighting over the possession of this building for which the Supreme Court issued directives to both the governments to settle the issue. After a meeting of the representatives from Rajasthan and Delhi, it was decided to hand over the property to Rajasthan government.
In 2010, Ashok Gehlot, the then Chief Minister of Rajasthan had held talks with Delhi to hand over Udaipur House to Rajasthan, but it was declined. Post this, Vasundhara Raje’s government tried but failed but took Bikaner House in its possession. Now on 5th August, Udaipur House will be vacated by Delhi and the government will give its consent for handing over this former residence of Maharana to Rajasthan.
Chief Secretary for Rajasthan, DB Gupta informed that after independence Udaipur House was rented out to the government of Delhi. 1965 onwards the government of Delhi stopped paying rent. Documentation was constantly in process but no solution was arrived at. Rajasthan government had also suggested providing property elsewhere to Delhi but obstructions from the Green Tribunal prohibited from doing so.