Karaikudi, Sivakasi to become special grade municipalities

Dindigul and Thanjavur municipalities will be upgraded as Municipal Corporations, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa told the Assembly on Wednesday.

With her announcement, the number of Municipal Corporations in the State will go up to 12. Chennai, Tiruchi, Coimbatore, Madurai, Salem, Vellore, Erode, Salem, Tirunelveli, and Tuticorin are the other Municipal Corporations in the State.

Making a suo motu statement, the Chief Minister said increasing population, revenue and nature of development works were reasons behind the government’s decision to upgrade these two municipalities into Municipal Corporations.

Special grade municipalities

She also announced that Karaikudi and Sivakasi, two selection grade municipalities, will become special grade municipalities.

Ms. Jayalalithaa said a Tamil Nadu Municipalities Accounts Service would be newly created to maintain the finances of the municipalities and municipal corporations.

She said the finances of these urban local bodies had increased manifold as they were implementing schemes from their own funds, the funds allotted by the State and Central governments and funds from the World Bank, Japan Bank for International Cooperation and other foreign banks.

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