Cuttack city is poised to have five new wards with the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) passing a resolution on delimitation of wards.
The CMC meeting held on Wednesday was unanimous on the proposal for increasing the number of wards from 54 to 59. The wards would be created by redrawing several existing wards on the basis of population and concentration of voters.
As per the resolution, seven wards comprising 1, 2, 3, 21, 23, 52 and 53 would be redrawn to give shape to new entities. Wards from 1 to 3 encompassing the CDA, Bidanasi, Sandhapur and Bidyadharpur region have been proposed to be bifurcated into six wards while wards 21 and 23 comprising Bisinabar, Kesharpur, Rausapatana, Haripur, Samanta Sahi, Dolamundai along with Kathagada Sahi, Kumbhar Sahi, Nimasahi, Bhagatpur and Tarachandpatna would be split to create three wards. Wards 52 and 53 comprising the region beyond Kathjodi river to Phulnakhara would be divided into three wards.
The resolution, along with complete demographics of the proposed wards including males and females, caste and community has been sent to the State Government for publication of the statutory notification for delimitation of the wards.
The Government is expected to issue the notification inviting objections by August 10 and the process of receiving the feedback would be completed by August 20. The final notification on the creation of new wards and reservation status will be issued by August 31, Mayor Soumendra Ghosh said.
Carving new entities has been deemed necessary as the population of the city has gone up to 6,10,189 in the 2011 census from 5.35 odd-lakh in the 2001 census. “As per norms, there should be 59 wards for a population of six lakh. With Cuttack population crossing the mark, required wards have to be created”, Ghosh explained. The process of formulation of new wards will have no bearing on the impending elections to CMC as the polls are due after February 2014. The process would be completed and formalised by the time elections are declared, the Mayor stated.
7 More Wards Added to BMC
Bhubaneswar: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) submitted a fresh delimitation report based on 2011 Census to the State Government.
Seven new wards have been added to existing wards as per new delimitation undertaken by the State Government taking the total count to 67. Even though State Election Commission (SEC) has asked BMC to conduct election based on 2001 census report, Government issued directions for fresh delimitation under BMC. As per 2011 census report, city’s population stands at 8.40 lakh. According to fresh delimitation report, six wards have been reserved for SC , three for ST, 18 for OBC category and 40 for general. In total, 34 wards have been reserved for women and 33 for men. The population of each ward has been kept between 11,000 and 12,500.