MP High Court quashes BMC expansion notification

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Jabalpur
  • Updated: Nov 01, 2014 17:10 IST

MP high court on Friday quashed the state government notification of September 6, 2014 whereby the area of Kolar Municipality and 20 villages was merged with the Bhopal Municipal Corporation (BMC).

While setting aside the final notification on merger of new areas, the court said the governor would examine the correctness of the state government notification of July 18, 2014 in which merger of 141 villages alongwith the area of Kolar Municipality into BMC was proposed.

The court issued the directives during hearing of two petitions filed by Amitabh Agnihotri and PC Sharma challenging the government notifications over merger of the Kolar Municipality and other villages with the BMC.

The petitioners' counsel Rajendra Mishra said the court has quashed the September 6, 2014 notification and directed the governor to examine the first notification proposing merger of 141 villages in addition to the Kolar Municipality area.

Mishra said the provision to have municipality was inserted in the Constitution through the 73rd amendment and the merger of the municipality with the municipal corporation is contrary to norms. The Kolar Municipality has 20 wards and came into existence in year 2006 and the election of its body is due since year 2012, Mishra said.

Agnihotri had sought information under the Right to Information Act for providing the copies of objections and action taken on it but no copies were supplied by the departments concerned in the district collector office Bhopal, the petitioner said.

On October 28, 2014, HC had quashed the state government gazette notifications relating to inclusion of certain villages in limits of municipal corporations at Jabalpur and Chhindwara issued on July 25, 2014 and August 28, 2014 respectively for violating law.

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