Udaipur – Now a Municipal Corporation
You might remember we had shared hopes for our Udaipur city at the beginning of this New Year 2013. Amongst them one was to convert the existing City Council into the Municipal Corporation. The Honorable Chief Minister of Rajasthan, Mr. Ashok Gehlot has showered the most awaited gift to the citizens of Udaipur while presenting the Annual Budget 2013-2014 for Rajasthan in the Legislative Assembly on Wednesday, 06 March 2013. A wave of bliss has rippled across every face in the city. People have welcomed whole heartedly the declaration and expressed their glee among each other.
The grant of Municipal Corporation has delighted the people of Udaipur. Although a long awaited decision has been finally made which has pleased everyone here at Udaipur. People and other social groups in the city celebrated joy by carrying firework and distributing sweets.
Of course it is right of every individual of belonging to the city to know the revolution it would bring after having the status of the Municipal Corporation. How the developments would take place and what other facilities would be introduced by having such a remarkable change. Let us summarize them all.
Development of Villages
The sphere of the Municipal Corporation would include many adjacent villages. Administrative and Development that were earlier taken care by the Gram Panchayats now would be executed under the powers of Municipal Corporation. Many new wards would be formed and people would get chance to become Councilor for their ward. Villages would prosper and flourish but in the limelight of MC.
Development of City on a Wider Scale
Formation of Udaipur Municipal Corporation would lead to open doorways for new big projects and that would certainly bring development on a larger scale. More developments & more projects would offer new employment opportunities to the residents of Udaipur and adjoining villages.
Enhanced Administrative Powers
The Administrative Framework would be revived. The Chairman would become Mayor of the city with improved administrative, decisive and financial powers. A C.E.O. of gazette officer rank would be appointed. Instead of one Commissioner there could be two Commissioners who would be working under the C.E.O. The pay structure and other emoluments of the Corporation’s employees would be revised. Thus it would bring cheers on their faces too.
Liberty on Financial Front
Municipal Corporation endorses more financial freedom as compared the City Council. Thus this would leverage better development of the City. Earlier the Chairman had power to release budget for Rs. 10 Lac whereas the Mayor can allocate a budget of Rs 1 Crore for the development of the city. Similarly the Commissioner is eligible to allocate Rs 1 Lac whereas C.E.O. has powers to release Rs 75 Lac for the developments projects. So one can imagine the pace of the developments would now take place in our city. Things lying held due to lack of budget would revive and run to touch the finishing line.
Better Education System
Inspired by the fast and improved development of the city would attract new universities and colleges to open. This would cater vast opportunities for the students and bring abundant employment openings for the residents. Thus it would certainly strengthen the economy and enlarge the size of Udaipur on a wider spectrum.