Staff Correspondent

Delimitation is based on 2001 Census

  • Madikeri CMC, which has 23 wards, will now have 31
  • According to 2001 Census, Madikeri has a population of 32,496
  • All wards to have equal population
  • Delimitation process to be completed by September 11

    Madikeri: The number of wards in the four urban local bodies in Kodagu district, including Madikeri City Municipal Council (CMC), are set to go up owing to the delimitation process being taken up by the district administration as per the directives of the Government, based on the 2001 Census, according to Deputy Commissioner, Subodh Yadav, here on Monday.

    Accordingly, the Madikeri CMC, which had 23 wards, would have 31 as proposed by the Urban Development Department, Mr. Yadav said. There would be no addition of areas to the existing wards. The population of Madikeri city as per the 1991 Census was 28,750. During the 2001 Census, it had gone up to 32,496. As per norms, a city with a population between 20,000 and 40,000 would be considered as a town municipal council. Since Madikeri is the headquarters of the district, it has been considered as a city municipal council.

    Kushalnagar with a population of 13,186 would have 13 new wards, which would be constituted for the first time since the town attained the status of a town panchayat recently. Similarly, the 14-ward Virajpet Town Panchayat would have 16 wards. The population in the Virajpet Town Panchayat during 1991 was 13,137 and during 2001 it had reached 15,213, Mr. Yadav said.

    However, the 11 wards in Somwarpet Town Panchayat would remain the same because the town's population is yet to touch the 10,000 mark. To be called a town panchayat, the town should have a population in the range of 10,000 to 20,000. But since Somwarpet town is the headquarters of Somwarpet taluk, it could be termed as a town panchayat. The population of Somwarpet town during the 1991 Census was 7,094 while it was marginally high at 7,220 during the 2001 Census.

    He said the advantages in increasing the number of wards would be that almost all wards would have equal population, unlike the past. For instance, it would do away with the anomaly of one ward having a large population and another a small population. Whether a particular ward consists 300 people or 3,000, there would be no difference in the status enjoyed by an elected member. The delimitation was an exercise in the right earnest to do away with such discrepancies, Mr. Yadav said. Moreover, it would become easy for the elected members or officials to administer the delimited areas. However, Mr. Yadav said he was not sure whether it would lead to securing excess grants from the Government for initiating development process in wards.

    Mr. Yadav, who is holding concurrent charge of Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada district, started the process of delimitation in both Kodagu and Dakshina Kannada districts, much earlier than the prescribed date of August 7. The process had begun with the conduct of the preliminary meetings in both the districts on August 4.

    He said the delimitation process should be completed by September 11. Notifications would be issued on September 20. The last date for filing objections is October 5. Applications regarding objections would have to be dealt with in the next 15 days and final notifications made on October 20, Mr. Yadav stated. Later, it would be referred to the State Election Commission, he added.