Objection to ‘hasty manner’ in which the exercise was done

The delimitation of wards undertaken by the Guntur Municipal Corporation is drawing flak from the public and political parties.

The GMC had published preliminary notification on May 25 inviting objections from the public. According to the new notification, the city is divided into 57 wards with boundaries redrawn for most of the wards.

But what has caused heartburn among parties was the hasty manner in which the delimitation exercise has been carried. With the new commissioner K. Venkateswarly taking charge in the first week of May, the parties felt that due attention was not paid to the exercise.

Senior officials of the GMC admitted that the exercise was completed by the Town Planning Department in days keeping in view elections to local bodies.

Convener of YSR Congress, Guntur West, Lella Appireddy said that delimitation was carried in a rather unscientific manner. Pointing out to several discrepancies in the exercise, Mr. Appireddy said that areas in Guntur mandal have been rearranged to suit the interests of ruling pary, he demanded that the delimitation exercise be carried out again.

For instance, Obulunaiduvaripalem which is sandwiched between Pottru and Chowdavaram, was excluded in the delimitation exercise. Similarly, Turakapalem which comes after Nallapadu has been excluded while Pedapalakaluru was included.

Areas in Lalpuram, Nallapadu and Ankireddypalem were all put together keeping in view of the caste equations. Areas in Gorantla have been included in ward no 46, which includes areas in JKC College Road, Adavitakkelapadu.

Parts of Gorantla were again split and included in ward no 47.

Parts of Lakshmipuram, Chandramouli Nagar were split and made part of 33 and 34 wards.

Municipal Commissioner K. Venkateswarlu said that this was only a preliminary notification and welcomed suggestions and objections from the public and the parties.