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Mahanagara palike elections likely to be postponed

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Government is keen on the proposal to form greater nagara palike

  • Delimitation of constituencies and proposal to form greater Bangalore cited as reasons
  • The possibility of the merger of the CMCs and TMC was considered

    BANGALORE: Elections to the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike, which are due in November, might be postponed in view of the delimitation of constituencies and the proposal to form a greater nagara palike. The Government, however, is keen on the formation of a greater Bangalore and holding elections to its civic body.

    Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy, who is in charge of Bangalore city development, on Monday held discussions on the formation of a greater BMP with Deputy Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa and senior officials. Mr. Kumaraswamy also heads a Cabinet subcommittee constituted for that purpose. Later, Mr. Kumaraswamy told presspersons that the possibility of the merger of the seven city municipal councils Bommanahalli, Rajarajeswari Nagar, Mahadevapura, Krishnarajapuram, T. Dasarahalli, Byatarayanapura and Yelahanka and the Kengeri Town Municipal Council with the Bangalore Mahanagara Palike was discussed at the meeting. With the merger, the area of the city would go up to 696 square kilometres. Village panchayats under the eight local bodies might also be included in the new nagara palike.

    The other issue considered was bifurcating the Bangalore urban agglomeration into south and north and forming two or three municipal corporations. He said the city was becoming unwieldy and a decision had to be taken quickly to upgrade infrastructure to cope with the development in information and biotechnology and other industries. Mr. Kumaraswamy said he had constituted a high-level official committee to come out with a comprehensive report in the next 15 days.

    Mr. Yediyurappa spoke.

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