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Bellary City Municipal Council upgraded to corporation

By Our Staff Correspondent

BELLARY, SEPT. 28. The Bellary City Municipal Council has been upgraded to a city corporation.

The much-awaited notification to this effect was been issued by the Government on Tuesday.

The Governor, T.N. Chaturvedi, signed the notification.

Draft notification

A draft notification was published by the Urban Development Department on November 12, 2002, specifying the smaller urban area of the city municipal area of Bellary specified in Schedule A and Schedule B as a larger urban area to be called City Corporation of Bellary.

The gazette was made available to the public for filing objections. Certain objections were received and the same were duly examined and found not maintainable.

Eligible

Bellary city was eligible to get the status of a corporation in terms of population (which had crossed three lakhs) and also in terms of revenue.

The Congress, which came to power in 1999, had promised to upgrade the municipal council to a corporation.

Several leaders of the Congress, including M. Diwakar Babu, the then Minister of State for Cooperation, had tried their best to get the notification issued.

Mr. Diwakar Babu, while welcoming the move of the Government, told The Hindu that his party had fulfilled the promise made to the people. He was of the view that the notification should have been issued before the Assembly and Lok Sabha elections.

He said that it could not be issued as the file was pending in the Governor's office.

The Bellary Block Congress Committee (East) has thanked the Chief Minister, N. Dharam Singh, and the former Chief Minister, S.M. Krishna, for fulfilling the assurance given by the President of the All-India Congress Committee, Sonia Gandhi, that the municipal council would be upgraded to a corporation.

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