Staff Reporter

Bangalore: With the promulgation of an Ordinance increasing the number of wards of the Bruhat Bangalore Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) to 198, the State Government on Thursday modified guidelines for delimitation of wards by reducing the average population per ward.

Now, a committee headed by Bangalore Urban District Deputy Commissioner will re-fix the ward boundaries as per the new guidelines increasing the number of wards to 198 from 147, as proposed in earlier draft notification issued in 2008.

G.N. Nayak, Deputy Commissioner, Bangalore Urban, told The Hindu that the committee had all data with it as it had delimited 147 wards. “It will take only a couple of days for us to realign the boundaries distributing population, and hopefully we will be able to send our proposal to the Government on Monday,” he said.

As per the new guidelines issued by the Urban Development Department, the total population of BBMP as per the 2001 census will be divided on the average basis to constitute not less than 198 wards.

The new guidelines have divided the BBMP into two areas — the Core (mainly comprising erstwhile areas of the city) and the Periphery (newly added areas).

While doing the delimitation exercise, a ward has to be carved out with an average population of 30,000 (plus or minus 20 per cent) in the Core areas and as an exception the minimum population in respect of newly added peripheral areas can be relaxed to 20,000. The new guidelines stated that the Government felt that there were very large wards in the peripheral areas, which comprised 110 villages, and presently there was an increase in population due to rapid growth, and therefore it was considered necessary to modify the guidelines prescribing the average population of each ward depending upon the geographical feature, facilitating proximity of ward-level governance and administration, means of communication, public convenience, contiguity of areas.

Meanwhile, the Government has also reduced the time for the public to file objections and suggestions. They get only seven days from the date of publication of draft notification of 198 delimited wards as against the earlier deadline of 30 days.