UAD Dept sends letter in this regard to Collector Now, process of delimitation will be held after amendment in the Act

Indore: In an unprecedented move, the State Government on Wednesday postponed the process of delimitation of IMC wards, which began on May 1. It’s learnt that the step was taken with a view to increasing the number of IMC wards.  Collector Akash Tripathi said that after the delimitation the number of IMC wards would go up to 80.

The order for postponement of the delimitation process was issued on Wednesday by the Urban Administration and Development Department (UADD) but it reached on Friday noon. Tripathi confirmed the development.

The administrative sources said that Tripathi had a talk with Principal Secretary SN Mishra on May 6 about the ongoing process of delimitation and it’s learnt that he had requested Mishra to increase the number of IMC wards.

UADD Additional Secretary DD Pandit informed Tripathi through a letter that action regarding amendment in respect of extension of IMC wards and conduct of election are going on. Immediately after the breaking of news, Joint-Collector and Deputy District Election Officer Sharad Shortiya wrote a letter to the Commissioner, Indore and acquainted him about the postponement of the proposed process of delimitation of IMC wards.

Amendment in the Act is a must

Experts say as per the provisions of MP Municipal Act 1961 and MP Municipal Corporation Act 1956, the numbers of minimum and maximum wards are fixed at 15 and 70. In order to change the number of wards, amendment in the Act is necessary and for which the approval of State Cabinet is a must.

June 30 is deadline

Experts said that in view of imposition of the Model Code of Conduct till May 28, the meeting of the State Cabinet could not be convened. After May 28, the State Cabinet will approve the amendment proposal in the Act to pave way for increase in the number of IMC wards. Afterwards, the process of primarly publication of delimitation of IMC wards would be done. However, the administration would have to complete the whole process of delimitation before June 30.

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