Hyderabad: The State government has set the ball rolling for early elections to 123 municipalities in the State with Arvind Kumar, Principal Secretary, Municipal Administration and Urban Development, instructing the Director of Municipal Administration to commence the delimitation of wards in Urban Local Bodies (ULBs) in the State, and set out the schedule for carrying out the exercise.
Arvind Kumar, in a Government Order issued on Tuesday, said that the 123 municipalities in the State had been divided into respective wards and final notification was issued on July 7.
However, following several writ petitions filed by aggrieved persons, the Telangana High Court issued interim orders on Friday to rectify the defects. “In pursuance of the High Court orders dated November 29, the government hereby instructs the Director of Municipal Administration to commence with delimitation of wards of Urban Local Bodies in the State,” the GO said.
The High Court on Friday had directed the government to fix a time-bound plan for people to raise objections over division of wards and subsequent clearances by the authorities.
As per the GO, the draft publication of the proposal of division of municipalities into wards on the notice boards of municipal offices and other prominent places calling for views and suggestions shall be done on December 3. Publication of draft notifications in newspapers will be done on December 4 and views and suggestions from the general public will be accepted till 5 pm on December 9. The government will issue the final notification of division of municipalities into wards on December 17, the GO said.
The order further stated that the Municipal Commissioners shall undertake the exercise of division of municipalities into wards and submit reports based on the schedule. Care should be taken while preparing maps to ensure that the serial number of wards are continuous and clockwise beginning from North, East, South and West, the Go said, adding that the variation in voting strength shall not be more than 10 per cent from one ward to another.