Draft plan ready for Palampur MC

PALAMPUR: The state government has finalised a draft plan for the proposed Palampur municipal corporation. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had announced the formation of an MC at Palampur during his visit to the Holi fair here.

Draft plan ready for Palampur MC

The municipal council in Palampur was set up in 1952 when Kangra was part of Punjab. Tribune photo

Ravinder Sood

Palampur, October 14

The state government has finalised a draft plan for the proposed Palampur municipal corporation. Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had announced the formation of an MC at Palampur during his visit to the Holi fair here. After the formation of the MC, Palampur will  be the third town in the state after Shimla and Dharamsala with this status. 

Official sources told The Tribune here on Sunday that all basic formalities for the purpose had been completed. 

As per the draft plan,  more than 15 adjoining panchayats would be part of the proposed corporation.

It was also said that as per 2011 Census, the population for an MC would   be 53,000 and if the present population was  taken into consideration, it  could  cross 64,000.

The  second condition was that the annual  income of the municipal council, which would  be merged with the corporation, should  have been Rs 2 crore. The basic conditions had  been fulfilled paving the way for the formation of the MC. 

Sources said now the draft plan would be sent to the Principal Secretary, State Urban Development Department for his final approval. Then the notification would be issued and   new wards created. Since it was a lengthy process, it would take one year to take final shape, a senior officer added. 

It is  also learnt that there would be a 10-year tax holidays for residents of new areas of the corporation. This had also been followed by the  government  in the case of the Dharamsala Municipal Corporation also. 

The municipal council in Palampur was set up in 1952 when Kangra was part of Punjab.  Several social bodies, NGOs and resident welfare associations have welcomed    the step. They have  submitted suggestions to the state government for the formation of MC in Palampur. 

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