WB Govt approves several new municipal corporations

The West Bengal Government today approved constitution of four new municipal corporations in the districts of North and South 24-Parganas, while deciding to include a few municipalities and adjoining areas within the jurisdiction of three other civic bodies in the state.

PTI| Updated: May 26, 2014, 21:26 PM IST

Kolkata: The West Bengal Government today approved constitution of four new municipal corporations in the districts of North and South 24-Parganas, while deciding to include a few municipalities and adjoining areas within the jurisdiction of three other civic bodies in the state.

Announcing this here after the state cabinet meeting, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said the decision was taken to make effective the local administration with restructuring and amalgamation of civic bodies by joining several small municipalities into municipal corporations.

"A number of small municipalities have hardly any work to perform and thus a decision has been taken in principle to merge some of them creating new municipal corporations with a mega city population of at least ten lakh for effective local administration," Banerjee said.
"The state government is promoting
Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP) for creation of infrastructure," Banerjee said adding "experience in the urban space has not been very encouraging as small municipalities do not provide the scale needed for making these projects financially viable."

Elaborating the constitution of four new municipal corporations, Banerjee said the first such civic body would comprise Rajarhat-Gopalpur, Barasat, Madhyamgram and new Barrackpore and adjoining areas in the district of North 24-Parganas with its headquarter at Barasat.

The second municipal corporation would comprise the municipalities of Baranagar, Kamarhati, Khardah, Panihati, Dum Dum, North Dum Dum, South Dum Dum and adjoining local areas in the district North 24-Parganas with its headquarter at Dum Dum.

The third municipal corporation would comprise the municipalities of Titagarh, Barrackpore, North Barrackpore, Bhatpara, Garulia, Naihati, Kanchrapara and Halisahar and adjoining rural areas in the district of North 24-Parganas with its headquarter at Barrackpore.
The fourth municipal corporation would comprise Pujali, Maheshtala, Budge Budge, Amtala Town and adjoining areas in the district of South 24-Parganas with headquarter at Maheshtala, she said.

Besides, Bally municipality have been included within the jurisdiction of Howrah Municipal Corporation.

Also the municipalities of Bansberia,
Hooghly-Chinsurah, Bhadreswar, Champdani, Baidyabati, Serampore, Rishra, Konnagar and Uttarpara-Kotrang have been included with Chandernagore Municipal Corporation with its headquarter at Serampore.

Finally, the municipalities of Kulti, Raniganj and Jamuria have been included with the Asansol Municipal Corporation, Banerjee said.

Even as the proposal for merger of Bidhannagar municipality with the Kolkata Municipal Corporation was mooted in the meeting, the Chief Minister kept the issue aside for now saying that the state government would take the opinion of people in Bidhannagar before taking any such decision.