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Municipality status to Chunchupalli, Sarapaka, Bhadrachalam soon

Municipality status to Chunchupalli, Sarapaka, Bhadrachalam soon
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The Gram Panchayats of Bhadrachalam, Chunchupalli and Sarapaka are likely to be upgraded as municipalities among the 52 proposed by the State...

Kothagudem: The Gram Panchayats of Bhadrachalam, Chunchupalli and Sarapaka are likely to be upgraded as municipalities among the 52 proposed by the State government. Bhadrachalam, with about 50,000 population, is continuing as panchayat due to pending court cases.

There would be many changes if Bhadrachalam was upgraded as a municipality, as it is the lone panchayat in the entire mandal of Bhadrachalam. If it becomes a municipality, there won’t be any need for Mandal Praja Parishad Office and the posts of MPDO, IORD and Panchayat EO would be scrapped. The government orders on upgradation of major gram panchayats into municipalities are yet to be received. When this issue was raised during the District Collector’s video conference, the Collector Rajiv Gandhi Hanumanthu stated that only the proposal, not the guidelines, was received.

The district administration got busy verifying the statistics following orders that major gram panchayats with over 15,000 population should be upgraded as municipalities. Officials got details of the panchayat-wise population and houses. Bhadrachalam will be among the first on the list to become a municipality. However, it remains to be seen whether the government would take a decision on this in view of the pending court cases.

Meanwhile, the industrial centre of Sarapaka has a population of about 22,000 and Chunchupalli 20,000. These panchayats have chances of becoming municipalities. Already Kothagudem, Illandu, Palvoncha and Manuguru are municipalities in Bhadradri district. It is learnt that the government has issued orders to merge the panchayats with high population for being upgraded. If Kothagudem is converted into a corporation, the mandal centres of Kothagudem, Chunchupalli and Lakshmidevipalli are likely to be merged.

It may be recalled that Bhadrachalam emerged as a major panchayat in 1965 and panchayat elections were held until 1980, when legal problems arose. After 30 years, elections were held in 2013. The then government had changed its status to township and upgraded as municipality in 2005. This was challenged in the High Court by Adivasis. Bhadrachalam became a major panchayat in 2010 following the court orders. Consequent to the court ruling, elections were held in 2013.

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