The State Government on Monday issued notification on creation of five new wards in Cuttack Municipal Corporation, taking the number to 59 from 54.
The Housing and Urban Development department has also announced a change in the reservation of the wards, taking into account the new entities.
As per the notification, 30 of the 59 wards have been reserved for women that include 17 general category women, eight Backward Class of Citizens (BCCs), four SCs and one ST. The new list also includes 18 wards under unreserved category, eight BCCs and three SC seats.
The department has sought feedback, suggestions and objections to the division of the wards as well as the reservation status from the public or any organisation within 10 days by August 22. The final notification giving effect to the redrawn wards and their status would be issued after consideration of the feedback.
The Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) Council on July 31 had passed a resolution on reorganisation of the wards increasing the number from 54 to 59.
The council had pressed for redrawal of seven wards comprising 1, 2, 3, 21, 23, 52 and 53 for creation of the five new wards. The resolution, along with the demographics of the proposed wards, had been submitted to the Government. The council held that increase of wards was necessary on account of the rise in population that had gone up to 6,10,189 in 2011 Census from 5.35 lakh in the 2001 Census. As per stipulations, there should be 59 wards for six lakh population.