Siliguri Municipal Corp plans to expand its area
Siliguri Municipal Corporation (SMC) plans to expand the civic body area. The company is in discussions with the state government on this subject and has already received some proposals, we learn. After assuming the mayoral presidency of Siliguri in February, Gautam Deb had spoken of the “unplanned demarcation” of neighborhoods under the SMC. The civic body areas include Darjeeling and Jalpaiguri districts. Out of the 47 wards, 14 wards fall under Jalpaiguri district.
It administers an area of 41.90 km2 (16.18 square meters). “We are discussing with the state government the inclusion of some gram panchayat areas, close to Siliguri. We received logical proposals,” Mr. Deb said. The main areas under blocks Dabgram-I, Dabgram-II, FulbariI and Fulbari-II and Matigara are located very close to the company quarters.
According to Mr. Deb, they were also discussing the demarcation of certain neighborhoods. According to him, the demarcation of neighborhoods under the regime of the former Left Front government was done in an unplanned manner.
Mr. Deb said that when the total area of the 14 added wards is 27 km², the area of the remaining 33 wards is 15 km². “The Municipality of Siliguri was granted corporate status in 1994. During the demarcation exercise, neighborhoods were not properly redesigned in many cases.
We are discussing with the state government to take the lead in ensuring parity,” he said. During his weekly “Talk to the Mayor” program yesterday, a resident of New Pokaijote under Ward 46, Mohit Kumar Saha asked him to demarcate the ward as it was big.
“It will take time. The room is practically big. We are at the discussion stage. Some neighborhoods are big and some are small, and we are trying to bring congruence between them,” Mr Deb said.