With the recent inclusion of 23 villages to the Indore Municipal Corporation (IMC) fold, the process of fostering development in every ward will be a herculean task for the civic body, which is already under pressure because of severe staff crunch.
With this inclusion, the jurisdictional area of the IMC has doubled — from 137 sq km to 269 sq km — and has made the civic body responsible for an additional 2-3 lakh population.
This has increased the workload of the IMC, which has to now constitute the ward committees and expand the jurisdiction of the existing zonal offices. As the mayor-in-council and the speaker have been elected, the corporation is soon expected to restructure its zonal offices.
Prior to the municipal elections, Indore had 15 zonal offices catering unevenly to 69 wards in the city. But now, the number of wards has gone up to 85. The zonal offices here also serve as ward committees.
As per the Madhya Pradesh Municipal Corporation Act of 1956, the corporation should constitute ward committees, and the number of ward committees in a corporation should be equal to the population of the municipal area divided by one lakh.
As per the Act, the civic body will have to constitute at least 22 ward committees or zonal offices and restructure the existing sizes accordingly. IMC commissioner Rakesh Singh expressed his worries about redrawing the existing boundaries due to acute shortage of workforce. The corporation has about 6,000 workers across all ranks.
Singh said: “Setting up 22 zonal offices is difficult. However, we may add one or two more zonal offices and reshape the jurisdiction of existing offices this year.”
The council had to take that decision, he said. “Ideally, given the increase in jurisdictional area and population, the workforce should also go up accordingly, but that area has so far been untouched and was not thought about,” said an IMC official, on condition of anonymity.
“The present workforce at IMC represents a hollow pyramidal structure. The technicians, engineers, sub-engineers, health officers who comprise the middle of the pyramid, and provide it the much-needed strength are missing,” said senior city engineer HK Jain.
Know the IMC
Jurisdictional area of the IMC has doubled — from 137 sq km to 269 sq km
Civic body now responsible for an additional 2-3 lakh population
Number of wards has gone up from 69 to 85
IMC has to constitute at least 22 ward committees in Indore city.