Shimla, Nov 12
Himachal Pradesh Government has decided to preponed the election of Municipal Corporation Dharamshala and the election are likely to be held along with other Urban and Rural local bodies scheduled to be held in the first week of January next year.
This was stated by the Urban Development Minister Suresh Bhardwaj while interacting to media persons on a side lines of a function held in the state capital town here today.
Bhardwaj said that election for the MC Dharmshala was scheduled to be held in first week of Mar 2021 has been preponed by the government and now the election would beheld along with other civic bodies poll in the month of January 2021.
The civic body currently ruled by the BJP supported councilors is to be dissolved two month earlier so that the poll could be held along with other civic bodies in the state, Minister said.
However Shimla Municipal Corporation which is also ruled by the BJP would go to poll after ending its normal tenure after two years from now.
State Government also created number of other new Municipal Coronations including MC Solan, MC Mandi and MC Palamur etc despite facing opposition from its own elected representatives as many Gram Panchayat have been merged in this new Municipal Corporations without elevating them to Nagar Panchayat or Municipal Councils.
The residents falling in the rural bodies are against formation of new civic bodies without taking the consents of local people as residents. The rue that once made Corporation they shall be forced to pay the heavy commercial charges and taxation. They debate that these peripherals local bodies could not be developed on the urban pattern and may loose rural aesthetics.
Number of Gram Panchayats which had forced to merged in the MC Shimla and Dharmshala few years back were now being slapped with heavy taxation and user charges without upgrading them on the urban development lines.
The number of residents in the merged areas are paying the commercial charges of power, water and other services as these rural areas are not regularized under the Civic construction norms so far, said Convenor of Shimla Nagrik Sabha Govind Chitranta.
Without upgrading the merged areas from Gram Panchayat to Nagar Panchayat and Municipal Councils state governments are forcing people to pay heavy charges and levies making the lives of rural people hell as most of them render their livelihood on the vocation of animal husbandry and agriculture, he added.