Now view maps of Palike’s 243 office districts
From Saturday, the BBMP will post the maps and new boundaries of the 243 neighborhoods at its headquarters as well as the eight zonal offices.
Residents may file objections or suggestions to the draft boundary by mail or in person at the office of the Deputy Secretary General, Urban Development Department (UDD).
Speaking to reporters, BBMP chief commissioner Tushar Girinath said the co-commissioners of all the zones have been tasked to provide the ward information in their offices. “Because the boundaries of 198 wards have been changed, we will not be providing information about demarcated wards to ward offices,” he said.
The civic body is also preparing a new website with full details of all 243 wards, including population and ward size in square kilometres. He clarified that BBMP zonal offices do not have the authority to receive objections and suggestions on demarcated wards.
The fact that comments should only be submitted to the Vikasa Soudha may exclude many residents from the consultation process.
From the initial feedback received from some resident welfare associations, it appears that the political leadership did not have a strong influence on the redrawing of ward boundaries. For example, Kasturinagar Layout, which consists of around 3,500 houses, has been placed under two different neighborhoods by being split into two.
Ideally, said one resident, the area should have been consolidated into a single ward to ensure easier governance. “About 50% of the houses are now placed under CV Raman Nagar and the remaining part has been transferred to Lal Bahadur district. This will cause permanent inconvenience to residents,” said Venugopal Rai, president of Kasturinagar Residents Welfare Association.