Residents hail government’s decision to reclassify Bhadrachalam as a municipality

Posted: Date Posted – 11:14 PM, Wed – 13 Apr 22

A view of Bhadrachalam town in Kothagudem district.

Kothagudem: The decision of the State Cabinet to turn the historic Bhadrachalam major gram panchayat into a municipality has been welcomed by the residents of the temple city.

People hope that the decision of the state government will pave the way for the comprehensive development of the city with a flow of funds as well as elections to the local body. It may be noted that the local body has not gone to the polls for the past five years due to obstacles created by certain organizations.

“The government’s decision will herald a new era in terms of the development of the temple city, known as ‘Dakshina Ayodhya. The city’s progress has been hampered as the local body has remained without an elected body for all these years,” said the city’s senior reporter, Kona Anand Sharma.

Sharma told Telangana Today that in the mid-2000s, the then government established ‘Sri Rama Divya Kshetram Township’, with Nagara Panchayat status, with the aim of improving the city’s infrastructure. .

But some local wine merchants, who feared liquor license fees would rise with the change in the city’s status, went to the High Court, claiming that the city falls under the 5th Schedule of the Constitution and therefore to revalorize the city as a local urban body. harm the interests of indigenous peoples.

Now, the townspeople are happy with Chief Minister K Chandrashekhar Rao’s timely decision, which is long overdue. The city of around 50,000 people is in dire need of basic infrastructure development as previous governments neglected the city, Sharma said.

The same opinion is held by an ITC entrepreneur, Pakala Durgaprasad, and a businessman, Rama Rao, who felt that if Bhadrachalam was transformed into a municipality, better facilities could be provided to residents. The city has lagged behind in its development due to the lack of an elected body, they said.

Bhadrachalam gram panchayat was constituted in 1962, later upgraded as a major gram panchayat. The last election held at the local body was in 2013 and its term ended in 2018. The election has not been held at the local body since then and it has remained as a proposed municipality.

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