Delimitation data warning to civic body

Bhubaneswar: The housing and urban development department has warned civic officials of action if they didn't provide information on the civic body's ward delimitation plans.

In January, the department had asked the civic body to furnish details about its existing wards and future expansion plans by February 15 ahead of next year's urban local body election.

However, the civic body's failure to meet that deadline resulted in a strict warning from the government with the department sending a second reminder. The civic body has been told to provide the data by March 31 or face action.

A department official said: "It is important to complete ward delimitation to decide on the seat reservation for councillors and the mayor before every election. It is a regular process."

"We asked the Bhubaneswar Municipal Corporation to complete the process in advance. However, they are yet to furnish the data," the housing and urban development official added.

The civic body's attitude has enraged citizens of different localities, especially those who have demanded inclusion of their areas in the civic jurisdiction in order to avail of quality services and other facilities.

"We have long been demanding the inclusion of our area since we live very close to the city and have a high population," said Nandan Vihar resident Jayanti Patra.

"The roads, drains, street lights are in a mess. We have completed all formalities, but some big officials have come in the way of the inclusion," she added.

Residents of Shijua, Nadan Vihar and Tikarpada have long demanded inclusion of their areas within the civic boundary.

While all three areas have completed the formalities and submitted documents, only Shijua, along NH-5, had made some progress.

All three areas are very strategically located with Shijua being very close to AIIMS, while Nandan Vihar is near Nadankanan and Tikarpada lies in close proximity to Sisupalgarh.

"There is a process and we are going by that. We are looking at all demands and will furnish the details to the government shortly," said mayor Ananta Narayan Jena.


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