Telangana mulls over creation of 40 new municipalities

MA&UD Minister K T Rama Rao asked the officials to identify villages which were restricting growth of existing municipalities for their merger into the latter.

By Author   |   Published: 14th Nov 2017   8:30 pm Updated: 14th Nov 2017   8:32 pm
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MA&UD Minister K T Rama Rao holds a video conference with the district collectors.

Hyderabad: Proposals for creation of 40 new municipalities and also expansion of existing municipal bodies are being examined by the State government. The district collectors concerned have been instructed to identify probable municipalities, prepare detailed reports and action plan for consideration in this regard including merger of nearby villages for creation of new municipalities or expanding existing municipalities.

Municipal Administration and Urban Development Minister K T Rama Rao on Tuesday held a video conference with the district collectors and said that numerous proposals were received from elected representatives and people’s organisations for expansion of existing municipalities and also creation of new municipalities from major gram panchayats or nagara panchayats. “For effective administration and accelerate urbanisation, we need to create new municipal bodies in the State. We have already received representations from major gram panchayats like Ramayampeta, Bhanswada and Narsapur for upgrading them as municipalities,” he said.

The officials were instructed to examine all representations for upgradation of the existing major gram panchayats or nagara panchayats. The Minister also wanted the officials to identify villages which were restricting growth of existing municipalities and examine their merger into the latter to ensure planned development. “Identify major gram panchayats with a population of 15,000 and above as per 2011 census and also Telangana State Integrated Family Survey which can be upgraded into municipalities. We should also identify municipalities whose areas can be expanded with merger of villages within 3-5 km radius,” he added.

The Minister asked the officials to prepare reports and make necessary arrangements for creation of new municipalities from July next year when tenure of existing gram panchayats will come to an end. These villages should be denotifed as major gram panchayats immediately after their tenure ends and notified as municipalities, he said. “The State government is ready to create new municipalities and there need not be any doubts in this regard,” he informed.

The Minister released a CD on Swachch Surveykshan 2018 prepared by Administrative Staff College of India. He asked officials to place Telangana State on top in Swachch Surveykshan rankings by improving conditions pertaining to sanitation, open defecation free and Haritha Haram programmes. Principal Secretary for Municipal Administration Naveen Mittal, Commissioner and Director of Municipal Administration Sridevi and other officials were present.