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Monday, 3 August 2020

Ambala civic body to have 20 wards for poll

Nitish Sharma

Tribune News Service

Ambala, August 2

The Ambala Municipal Corporation will have 20 wards with the purpose of general election of which seven wards will be reserved for women, including two for women candidates from Scheduled Caste (SC) category, five for SC candidates, two for Backward Class (BC) candidates and six for general category. The Urban Local Bodies Department (ULBD) has issued a notification in this regard.

As per the notification the total population under the corporation limit is 3,03,850 of which 71,940 people belong to SC community.

The tenure of the previous house got completed in July 2018 and last year the corporation was bifurcated into Ambala City Corporation and Ambala Municipal Council Sadar Zone. In the last tenure there were 20 wards under the Municipal Corporation — 11 in Ambala City and the remaining nine in Ambala Sadar Zone (Ambala Cantonment).

A city resident and Punjab and Haryana High Court advocate Hemant Kumar said, "A minimum population of 3 lakh is necessary for the status of Municipal Corporation and to retain it for Ambala City, 12 adjoining villages such as Dangdehri, Manakpur, Lohgarh, Dadiana, Devi Nagar, Nijampur, Ghel Kalan, Ghel Khurd, Kanwala, Kanwali, Kalu Majra and Liharsa were included."

"After the delimitation process, their draft will be published in a gazette notification and notices will be issued to public to register their objections. Through the DC, the public can send their objections to the administrative secretary or the director general of the ULBD within 10 days of publication of the draft, after considering which the final delimitation of the wards will be notified. The selection of wards that would be reserved for women, SC and BC candidates will be made through a draw, which will be notified and after it the election process will be started by the state Election Commission," he added.

Himmat Singh, former councillor of the Ambala Municipal Corporation, said "The officials must form a committee and the delimitation must be done with the consensus of the public. The entire process may take around six months and the elections for the new house will be held next year."

Parth Gupta, Commissioner, Ambala Municipal Corporation, said, "The notification regarding the wards has been issued and the delimitation process is on. The process will be completed soon."



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