Minister of Public works, District Incharge Satish Jarkiholi has planned to develop Belagavi on the lines of Bengaluru, he has proposed to raise the number of wards in the Belagavi City Corporation (CCB) by including about twelve villages adjoining the city and reorganising the existing wards based on population and give Bruhat Belagavi Mahanagara Palike status to Belagavi City Corporation.
The number of wards will be raised to over 90 from the current 58. The city corporation will be later termed as Bruhat Belagavi Mahanagar Palike (BBMP) and will be eligible for more developmental funds. If everything goes as per plan, Belagavi will be the second city in the state to get BBMP (Greater) status after Bengaluru.
Minister Jarkiholi has planned to include Hindalaga, Halaga, Bastawad, Modaga, Sambra, Peeranwadi, Machche and Damane villages from Belagavi rural assembly constituency and Kakati, Honaga, Bennali villages from his Yamakanamaradi constituency into the city corporation. “I have tabled a proposal before the Urban Development Ministry and also have instructed the Belagavi City Corporation to work on the plan,” Jarkiholi said. The city would get more funds for the development if it gets the BBMP status than the city corporations, the minister added.
Belagavi city was a “Town Municipal Corporation” with 52 wards in 1985 was upgraded to “Mahanagar Palike” (City Corporation) with revised 58 wards in 1991. Since then, though widely developed, many new localities have not been reorganised. According to the current population, the city corporation will get 75 wards. According to 2021 census, Belagavi has about seven lakh residential and four lakh floating population.
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Source : Hindustan Times