Bhubaneswar: Ahead of the urban elections in Western Odisha districts, the State Government today decided to upgrade Sambalpur municipality as Municipal Corporation even as the process to issue gazette notification to this effect would be initiated next month.
With the decision taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the number of Municipal Corporations in the State will go up to four. Bhubaneswar, Cuttack and Berhampur are the other Municipal Corporations in the State.
“The new Municipal Corporation will encompass Sambalpur municipality, Burla and Hirakud NACs besides seven and five panchayats of Dhanakouda and Maneswar respectively that altogether comprise 3,35,761 population,” said Urban Development Minister Debi Prasad Mishra, who attended the meeting.
He said requisite steps to accord the western Odisha city Municipal Corporation status would be taken in October.
As the required population of three lakh in order to get the tag of Municipal Corporation was not met, the government decided to merge neighbouring civic bodies with Sambalpur.
Finance Minister Prasanna Acharya, Chief Secretary J K Mohapatra, Development Commissioner I Srinivas and Law Secretary Satrughana Pujahari were present at the meeting among others.
Notably, the elections in 25 urban local bodies (ULBs) could not be conducted along with others on September 19 in view of ongoing agitation in the region by lawyers demanding permanent bench of Orissa High Court.