Corpn Tag of Rourkela Faces Tribal Protest

The proposal of converting Rourkela Municipality into Corporation has seen no progress due to population hurdles.

Published: 26th December 2013 10:04 AM  |   Last Updated: 26th December 2013 10:04 AM   |  A+A-


The proposal of converting Rourkela Municipality into Corporation has seen no progress due to population hurdles. Tribals of five gram panchayats adjacent to Rourkela city have been opposing the proposal ever since it was placed before the Government.

Sundargarh Collector Bhupendra Singh Poonia said they  recently sent the report about objections by tribals to the State Government.

The Urban Development Department would decide if it wants to include the slum pockets which technically neither come under urban nor rural areas or revoke the notification of 1995 which divided the Rourkela city into Rourkela Municipality and Steel Township of the Rourkela Steel Plant.

Sources said ever since the Government announced its intention to include a population of above 35,000 residing in Jagda, Jhirpani, Kalunga, Jhartarang and Chikatmati gram panchayats under Rourkela Municipality, over 70 per cent of tribals are up in arms against it.

BJP’s national vice-president Jual Oram said tribals are happy under the present arrangement and being a Scheduled district, they enjoy the provisions of PESA Act.

He said the Government should revoke the notification of 1995 which would take the city’s population to around 5.36 lakhs for the Corporation tag.

According to latest census, population of areas under Rourkela Municipality comes to 2.74 lakh which is 26,000 short of the population criteria of three lakh. With outgrowth areas, the population comes to around 3.2 lakh, while the figure of steel township is around 2.16 lakh. This takes the total population figure of Rourkela urban area to 5.36 lakh.

Former Municipality vice-chairman RN Mishra said to meet the criteria of three lakh, the slum clusters in and around South Rourkela on RSP land along with new areas of Hamirpur, Tumkela and Luakera could be included and RSP has given clearance to it. “It would be better to make the city a single entity by revoking the Government notification,” he added.

While BJD minister Subrat Tarai has been favouring inclusion of slum pockets in RSP township limits, a section of BJD leaders reportedly does not want the Corporation tag for their political interests.

Stay up to date on all the latest Odisha news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp