(Last Updated on : 13-06-2012)
The Princely State of Uchad was a former princely state of India
which existed during the political reign of the British Government of India
. The princely state was under the indirect control of the British Empire in India
. The region covered a total area of 8.50 sq miles and comprised of a total population of 3,803 in the year 1941. The territory of Uchad was one of the 27 states which formed up the Sankheda Mehvassi, located on the banks of the Narbada (Narmada
) River, in eastern Gujarat
. The region consisted of a single block of land in the eastern portion of the Sankheda Mehvassi. The princely state of Palasni was bounded by Chhota Udaipur
in the north; by Gad Boriad in the east; by the princely state of Baroda
in the south; and by Nawadi in the west. Uchad state was incorporated as a part of the erstwhile Rewa Kantha Agency
Uchad state comprised of 2 adjacent blocks of land in the south central portion of the Sankheda Mehvassi. The southern block contained Uchad and was the main block. The region was bordered by Vadia Virampur, Rajpipla and Vasan Virpur in the north; by Rajpipla in the east; by Vasan Virpur and Rajpipla in the south; and by the princely state of Baroda and Vasan Virpur in the west. The northern block comprised the estate of Devlia and was bordered by Vasan Virpur in the south and north; by Alwa in the east; and by Kamsoli and Jiral in the west.
The Daima Rajputs were the original rulers of the princely state of Uchad. Uchad state was much reduced, as various cadet branches of the family were given their own estates of Vasan Virpur, Rengan and Virpur. The succession of the throne was governed by the rule of male primogeniture. The native state was under the administrative control of the Baroda Agency, which was incorporated as a part of the Western India States Agency
. Later the territory was merged with the state of Gujarat
. Uchad state was a jurisdictionary princely state of the sixth class, before the class system was abolished in the year 1928. The courts of the princely state exercised very limited civil and criminal jurisdictional authority. Uchad state paid annual tribute to Baroda. According to the Attachment Scheme of 1943, the princely state of Uchad was attached to Baroda. The native ruler of the princely state held the title of Thakor and exercised jurisdictional authority. They were formally addressed as Meherban.
The Princely State of Uchad was merged with the newly independent Union of India
after the withdrawal of the British administration and the partition of India in the year 1947.