Rajasthan government to construct Nehru Youth Transit Hostel in Delhi
Rajasthan is the first state in the country to provide an exclusive transit center for the youths of the state. Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot has made a humanitarian decision to support students from low-income groups in Rajasthan who are preparing for competitive exams in Delhi. It approved the proposal for the construction and operation of the Nehru Youth Transit Hostel and Facilitation Center at Udaipur House in Delhi at a cost of Rs 330 crore. This center will have 250 rooms.
With the establishment of the hostel, about 500 students from the low income groups of Rajasthan, who are staying in Delhi and preparing for various competitions after undergoing vocational guidance, will be provided with accommodation. This inn will have 250 rooms. Gehlot’s decision will relieve students of expensive rent they have to pay monthly by renting private accommodation. Thanks to the savings made on the rent, the students will be able to buy stationery and other materials necessary for their preparation. The Chief Minister has announced the opening of Nehru Youth Transit Hostel and Facilitation Center in Delhi in the 2022-23 state budget.
This property spread over a huge area of 12,000 meters near Tees Hazari court is worth Rs 12,000 crores.
Chief Minister Gehlot announced that the House of Udaipur, which was once owned by the ruling family of Udaipur and came under the state government under the terms of the covenant following the merger of the princely states under the Indian Union, would regain its pristine glory once again. This property was in the possession of the Delhi administration and it was the Gehlot government that fought a long battle with the Delhi government to take possession of it as the original owner.
The Rajasthan government once planned to convert it into a commercial property that could bring huge revenue to the state government. A former principal secretary of the GAD department, Rakesh Verma, had submitted a plan to the government in which he stated that a multi-storey building could be constructed on the land so that all state government offices in Delhi could be placed under a roof and there would still be enough space to rent more.
Verma had also said that with its large area, the house in Udaipur could become another point from where buses could run between Delhi and Jaipur, as it is near the Kashmir gate. The Delhi government, by order of the Supreme Court, had stopped Rajasthan Roadways buses from operating from Bikaner House. So, if the state government could get permission to operate its buses from Udaipur House, it would be a great relief for passengers traveling from Delhi to Jaipur.
The Udaipur House property came to light when Luteyn’s Delhi was being designed. At that time, the British asked the royal family of Udaipur to build a mansion in Delhi like other princely houses.
After independence, the princely states were merged into the Indian Union. The rulers ceded their properties to the government. Various houses were transferred by alliance to the state or union government. The house in Udaipur, as it was located in Delhi, was given to the government of Delhi for use only. However, ownership remained with the government of Rajasthan after state formation.
Bharatpur House became Rajasthan House and Jodhpur House and Bikaner House along with Udaipur House were transferred to Rajasthan government. Kota House, Dholpur House and Jaisalmer House, however, became Union Government properties.
Kota House is in the possession of the Ministry of Defence, Dholpur House is the headquarters of the UPSC and Jaisalmer House at 26, Man Singh Road is owned by the Ministry of Home Affairs.