The Kapurthala Municipal Council has received the draft notification on delimitation of wards along with a map of newly formed 29 wards in the city. Of the 29 wards, six wards have been reserved for Scheduled Castes (SCs), including two for SC women. Eight wards have been reserved for women in the general category, one for Backward Classes (BCs).
The elections of the municipal council were awaited since July 2012, when the term of the previous MC house expired.
In the new delimitation notification, the number of wards has been increased from 27 to 29, while the area in the council limit remains the same.
Baba Deep Singh Nagar, a locality with around 400 votes near Defence Colony, has not added into the council limits of the new ward map.
The residents of the locality claimed that they have been participating in MC elections since 1992, but their area was removed from MC limits in 2002.
“During the last MC elections, the authorities added our colony to municipal limits after much of hue and cry. This time again they removed our colony from municipal limits,” said Capt Kartar Singh, a resident.
He said the colony residents are in a dilemma whether they come under MC limits or village panchayat limits.
Parwinder Singh Lalli, a Congress worker, said the authorities should include Baba Deep Singh Nagar in MC limits.
“Defence Colony which is also not come under MC limits is in a worse condition as sewage overflows on the roads and streets all the time since it neither part of the MC or panchayat,” he said.
Executive officer Paramjit Singh said they have pasted the map on the council office wall.
“People can send objections and suggestions regarding the newly formed wards within a week and we will send them to the government for further changes, if any,” he said.