Number of Wards likely to rise to 37
Gurugram, Feb. 9 (Delhi Crown): A 4-member Ad-Hoc Committee has been set up by the Directorate of Urban Local Bodies (DULB) to oversee the process of delimitation of Municipal Corporation of Gurugram (MCG) wards for the next local body polls slated to be held by this year end.
The tenure of the existing 35 Municipal Councillors in the city will end on November 2 (this year).
Presently the MCG has 35 municipal wards. Last year, 16 areas and villages around the Golf Course Extension Road (GCER) and the Dwarka Expressway were added to the jurisdiction of the MCG.
According to an MCG official, the Ad-Hoc Committee will have to decide whether the total number of municipal wards in the city needs to be increased, following the expansion of the MCG limits and an increase in the city’s population.
While Gurugram’s Deputy Commissioner (DC) is the ex-Officio Chairman of this Ad-Hoc Committee, the three other members of the committee are the DULB’s Director, Gurugram Mayor, and the MCG Commissioner.
Gurugram Mayor Madhu Azad was quoted as saying – “In accordance with the Haryana Municipal Corporation Delimitation of Ward Rules, 1994, an ad-hoc committee has to be formed six months before the completion of the tenure of the existing councillors. Following the expansion of area under the jurisdiction of the MCG, the process for delimiting wards need to be carried out again.”
As per the “Haryana Municipal Corporation Delimitation of Wards Rules, 1994”, any city with a population between 8 to 10 lakhs can have a maximum of 32 municipal wards, and the number of Wards go on increasing with the expansion of population, with a maximum number of Wards a city can have is 45.
Meanwhile, a survey is currently being carried out by a private agency which has asked to collect data on caste, blocks, and maps following a door-to-door assessment in all the areas included in MCG.
“The survey by the private agency is underway. Due to the increase in the jurisdiction area and a rise in the city’s population, the Municipal Wards are likely to increase from 35 to 37, and accordingly, territorial maps of each ward will have to be revised,” a senior MCG official was quoted as saying.