Gairsain as new summer capital of Uttarakhand

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From UPSC perspective, the following things are important :

Prelims level : Gairsain

Mains level : Two/Three capitals concept

 

 

Uttarakhand govt names Gairsain as the new summer capital of the state.

Gairsain

  • Gairsain is situated at the eastern edge of the vast Dudhatoli mountain range, located almost at the centre of the state, at a distance of approximately 250 kilometres from Dehradun.
  • It is easily accessible from both the Garhwal and the Kumaon divisions, and in a way, acts as the bridge between the two regions.
  • Uttarakhand was carved out as a separate state from Uttar Pradesh in 1998.
  • Gairsain was best suited to be the capital of the mountainous state as it was a hilly region falling on the border of Kumaon and Garhwal regions.
  • But it was Dehradun, located in the plains that served as the temporary capital.
  • With the fresh announcement, there is no clarity on either the city’s current status or a new winter capital.
  • The state Assembly is located in Dehradun, but sessions are held in Gairsain as well.
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