The meeting in progress in Bokaro on Thursday. Picture by Pankaj Singh
If everything goes well, Chas Municipality will soon be upgraded into a corporation, paving the way for huge funds flow and a complete overhaul of civic amenities.
The Bokaro district administration has already cleared long-pending technical glitches and forwarded a proposal in this regard to the state urban development department for the go-ahead.
According to rules, it is mandatory to have a population of more than 1.50 lakh to promote a civic area from municipality to corporation. Though the actual population of the Chas municipal areas has crossed the required 1.50-lakh mark long ago, the available census record (2001 census) has been showing the figure at 1.40 lakh only.
According to civic body sources, the population of Chas township, which includes Bari, Adarsh, Satanpur, Rani Pokhar, Kamaldih, Kandra and nearby areas, has already crossed 5 lakh.
Chas municipality chief executive officer Krishna Kumar said several new colonies had come up in and around the township in the past decade and the population had swelled manifold.
“In July, the urban development department asked the district officials to furnish a detail report, indicating the actual population of the areas falling in Chas municipality’s jurisdiction. Subsequently, Chas block development officer conducted a survey and pegged the population at about 5 lakh,” he said.
According to Kumar, the survey report was sent to the department a week ago for the clearance.
Speaking to The Telegraph, deputy commissioner Uma Shankar Singh said the detail report had been sent to Ranchi for the approval.
“The municipal corporation status will help the civic body avail more funds to ensure better civic amenities, like better drainage system, regular cleanliness drives, proper water and electricity supply and other facilities, for the citizens. We are eagerly waiting for nod,” Singh added.
When contacted, urban development minister Suresh Paswan said that he had received the file and would clear it in a day or two.