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Ignoring objections raised by different opposition parties and non- governmental organisations, the State Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA and UD) issued Government Order (GO) 407 by merging 15 gram panchyats with the GHMC. The factors that prompted the government to take such a drastic decision for extending the limits of the GHMC had become an issue of intense debate.

G.O. issued to Merge 15 panchayats with GHMC

The move has become an issue of intense debate. It is seen as a pointer to things in store for the city

Hyderabad: Ignoring objections raised by different opposition parties and non- governmental organisations, the State Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MA and UD) issued Government Order (GO) 407 by merging 15 gram panchyats with the GHMC. The factors that prompted the government to take such a drastic decision for extending the limits of the GHMC had become an issue of intense debate.

The move is seen as a pointer to things in store for the city. It matters much for those who have been lobbying for and against giving Hyderabad the status of Union territory as well as a permanent common capital. The merger proposal was rejected by almost all the parties in the GHMC. The panchayats of Satamai and Kothwalguda in Shamshabad mandal, Narsingi, Vattinagulapalli, Neknampur, Puppalaguda, Khanapur, Bandlaguda Jagir, Kismatpur, Himayatsagar, Peeramchervu, Hydershakot in Rajendernagar mandal, Nizampet in Qutubullapur mandal, Kalwancha / Kontlur in Hayatnagar mandal and Kothapeta in Saroornagar mandal will now be part of the GHMC.

The TDP, MIM and BJP were opposing the merger idea on the ground that infrastructure and other amenities were still lacking in several municipal circles which were merged with the erstwhile MCH in 2007. State Panchyat Raj and Rural Development department also issued de- notification orders in respect of above fifteen gram panchayats so as to notify the said areas for including into Greater Hyderabad municipal corporation limits.

The GHMC passed a resolution for merger of the 23 panchayats in 2008 but the process came to a halt as some social organizations filed PILs in the High Court against the corporation move to merge the villages. After the court disposed of the PILs, the MA and UD department has taken up the exercise to include 15 villages in the corporation. Another eight panchayats were not included as cases were pending in courts at different stages.

The corporation officials said that the panchayats, which were contiguous with the GHMC, have vast lands for rapid urbanization and employment generation. As the population of the panchayats has substantially increased with the mushrooming townships in the areas, it required better infrastructure, and amenities apart from providing central administration for effective provision of civic amenities and maintenance of city level services.

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