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Five new BMC offices on anvil

Bhubaneswar, May 6: The Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation (BMC) is all set to decentralise its functioning as five new zonal offices are likely to be set up soon.

The BMC, which got the status of a corporation in 1994, will now be divided into five zones — east, west, south, north and central — for better functioning and streamlining its services.

The corporation has already constituted a committee to work on the deployment of manpower and operationalisation of the proposed zonal offices. The committee has also submitted a report about the requirement of computers, furniture and vehicles for the new zonal offices.

One assistant municipal commissioner will manage each zonal office. The offices will deal with local civic problems such as sanitation and health. The offices will also look into works related to engineering. Sanitation inspectors and licence officers will also work from the new offices.

Though the proposal of breaking the corporation’s functioning into five zones was mooted last year, it is expected that it will get the nod of the BMC council at its upcoming meeting.

BMC sources said once the proposal gets the approval of its council, the new zonal offices will start operating from temporary establishments. Later, new buildings will come up at the respective zones.

The capital, with an estimated population of 8,37,737 as per the Census of India, 2011, is growing by leaps and bounds. Most of the time, the current civic body office near Kalpana Square remains overcrowded because of a plethora of problems. As a result of this, officials hardly get any time to formulate new policies. But, the new proposal of breaking the corporation’s functioning into five zones is expected to deliver services in a better way.

“This will benefit the citizens as there would be an increased accessibility to the civic administration. People won’t have to run to the central office every time,” said BMC commissioner Vishal Dev.

“With the new move of having five zonal offices, people can now avail better facilities in less time,” said councillor of ward No. 49 Amaresh Jena.

However, a section of the corporation’s employees are also sceptical about the new move. They consider its lack of manpower to be act as an impediment. “The corporation already suffers from manpower crunch. If the existing manpower also gets divided into five zonal offices, it will be a matter of serious concern,” said a councillor.