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Uttarakhand: August 2012

August, 2012

Uttarakhand is located at the foothills of the Himalayan mountain ranges. The state shares border with China (Tibet) in the North and Nepal in the East and inter-state boundaries with Himachal Pradesh in the West, Northwest and Uttar Pradesh in the South.

Uttarakhand has diverse geographical features ranging from snow-capped mountain peaks in the North to tropical forests in the South; its climate and vegetation vary accordingly.

The state was formed in November 2000 by carving out the 13 hill-districts of Uttar Pradesh. Formerly named Uttaranchal.

Uttarakhand has abundant natural resources as the state has hills and forests. It has abundant water resources, favouring hydro power generation. The agro-climatic conditions also support horticulture-based industries.

The state is close to the National Capital Region (NCR) of Delhi, a leading market of the country. It also has excellent connectivity with the neighboring states.

At current prices, the Gross State Domestic Product (GSDP) of Uttarakhand was about US$ 18.2 billion in 2011-12. Between 2004-05 and 2011-12, the average annual GSDP growth rate was 18.6 per cent.

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