THE DISTRICT administration on Wednesday issued a notification for disbanding eight village panchayats on Kolar Road. The action was taken for the formation of Kolar Municipality, which had been proposed by Commerce and Industries Minister Babulal Gaur. However, local BJP leaders are averse to the idea and are demanding inclusion of these villages in the Bhopal Municipal Corporation limits.
The notification to disband the panchayats will be published within a week after inviting objections and suggestions from the people. After the de-notification of the panchayats, the Urban Administration Department is likely to start the process for the constitution of Kolar Municipality.
It is proposed that 20 villages under eight panchayats would be included in this municipality. The village panchayats are: Akbarpur, Bairagarh Chichli, Hinotia Alam, Inayatpur, Semri Kalan, Banjari, Damkheda and Nayapura.
The villages under these panchayats include Borda, Suhagpur, Narela, Buradi, Fuhakheda, Kala Pani, Salaiya, Semri, Gol, Amrawad Kalan and Deori.
About 15 years ago urbanisation process started on villages on Kolar Road started. The builders raked in massive moolah from this process. Initially, the residents were satisfied with the situation, as the village panchayats did not impose taxes.
Later on, problems started cropping up with groundwater level depleting and infrastructure crumbling. The people started demanding inclusion of these areas into the BMC limits. However, then chief minister Babulal Gaur ordered the formation of a new municipality for Kolar Road colonies.
The BJP leaders of the area have been opposing the move. BJP leader and district panchayat member Harinarayan Patidar said that a municipality would not be able to provide facilities like municipal corporation. The BMC has the means to develop this area, he added.
Earlier, Janpad Panchayat president Reeta Mishra, a local BJP leader, had also opposed this idea. District panchayat president Chetan Patidar also said that the limits of BMC should be increased instead of forming a new body. Another municipal body is not necessary, as the district panchayat is already working in the rural areas.
The funds should be allocated to the district panchayat for the development of such areas, he added.