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Move to extend municipal limits

THE INDORE Municipal Corporation (IMC) administration is moving to extend its jurisdiction by bringing 36 nearby villages within municipal limits.

india Updated: Feb 03, 2006 00:51 IST

THE INDORE Municipal Corporation (IMC) administration is moving to extend its jurisdiction by bringing 36 nearby villages within municipal limits.

A committee constituted to probe the modalities of the extension has recommended bringing Mangliya, Musakhedi, villages on Dhar Road as well as areas on both sides of MR-10 and MR-11 within municipal limits.

The proposal will be fine-tuned at a meeting next week following which it will be forwarded first to the Mayor-in-Council for approval and, eventually, the general council for ratification. The entire process is expected to take up to six months.

The extension proposal has triggered off protests from a section of elected representatives who feel that the Corporation, is hard pressed to effectively serve areas currently within its domain (see box). They also feel that civic infrastructure development in villages necessitated by the expansion would entail a fiscal burden that the cash-starved IMC would be unable to bear.

The Municipal Limit Expansion Committee, headed by MiC member (Public Works) Lalit Porwal, proposed the inclusion of the areas listed above after a recent tour of outlying areas.

The committee, which includes MiC members Shankar Yadav (Revenue), Chandu Shinde (Rehabilitation and Planning), Additional Municipal Commissioner Kumar Purshottam and City Engineer Hans Kumar Jain, reviewed civic conditions of the concerned villages and the cost implications of including them within municipal limits.

According to City Engineer Jain the committee recommended bringing Pipalya Kumhar, Nepaniya, Bichauli, Palda, Bilawali, Hattankhedi, Kailod Kartal, Hukmakhedi, Sukhniwas, Ahirkhedi, Bada Bangarda, Chhota Bangarda, Tigriya Badshah, Bardari, Kumredi, Bhaunrasla, Bhangarh, Kailod Kala, Arandia and Mayakhedi within the municipal fold.

‘Expansion should be delayed’
THE CORPORATION should first effectively cater to areas currently within municipal limits before thinking of expansion. There is a dire shortage of basic necessities like potable water and electricity coupled with insufficient road infrastructure.

Less than 60 per cent residents have access to Narmada water currently. If the City’s population is boosted by a couple of lakhs where is the IMC going to provide them water from?

The expansion should be delayed until at least 2009 when phase III of Narmada becomes operational. Until then, the Corporation should focus on providing water, sewage, drainage and other basic amenities to City residents, said MiC incharge (Revenue) Shankar Yadav

First Published: Feb 03, 2006 00:51 IST