Jaipur: It is nothing short of a miracle as putting all concerns to rest, the Jaipur Municipal Corporation has completed delimitation exercise of 250 wards in just 15 days!
The municipal body in the state capital was compelled to rework delimitation process, not just once but twice, as the state government first increased number of wards in the JMC followed by creation of another municipal corporation at the last moment.
It may be noted that earlier, the JMC had 91 wards.
Ahead of municipal elections, earlier scheduled in November, the state government increased wards to 150, which was nearly two-thirds rise.
Later, the government bifurcated the JMC into two Corporations through a notification on October 18 and created 100 new wards. This further increased total number of wards to 250. The Heritage Municipal Corporation has 100 while the Greater Municipal Corporation has 150 wards. It was a humongous task for JMC to complete delimitation process without hampering its routine work, so that people are not affected.
However, overcoming these challenges the JMC has completed delimitation for five Assembly segments while remaining would be completed by Tuesday, additional commissioner Arun Kumar Garg informed.
JMC commissioner VK Singh took regular meetings along with doing micro-level monitoring to ensure that the work is completed in record time.
According to sources, it wasn’t an easy job as it seems. “There has been lot of political pressure and interference to make amendments in sizes of wards. Politicians from both parties have been pressurising to change the area and demographic size of a ward in their Assembly constituencies,” sources said.
The average population of a ward is around 13,000, however, there are approximately 50 wards with population of less than 10,000. The JMC will now release draft by December and will invite objections from the people. It will also publish draft of all 250 wards on December 8 and invite objections from people.
The Jaipur Municipal Corporation (JMC) officials have tried their best to get least objections from the people over constitution of a ward, said the Corporation officials.