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Residents lodge claims and objections over constitution of Mango municipal corp.

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Jamshedpur, April 20 : During a session to allow residents to lodge claims and objections over constitution of Mango municipal corporation (currently Mango Notified Area Committee) and Jugsalai municipal council (currently Jugsalai municipality), local people expressed concern over reservation in elected bodies of local urban bodies of Mango and Jugsalai.

They also expressed apprehensions increase in wards of the urban bodies during a three-hour long session to lodge claims and objections at the revenue block of district collect-orate.

The session was held in the chamber of director Integrated Tribal Development Agencies (ITDA) Parmeshwar Bhagat .

The claims and objections will be submitted for consideration before the state urban development department before issuance of the final notification on the local urban bodies which would pave for election of the local urban bodies.

It may be noted that Mango has Mango Notified Area Committee as its local urban body while Jugsalai is under Jugsalai municipality while non-company command areas in Jamshedpur are looked after by Jamshedpur Notified Area Committee. Tata Steel subsidiary Jusco looks after civic amenities in company command areas. Corporation status will give them benefit of more funds for improving basic amenities.

State urban development and housing minister had asked the district administration to draw the blueprint of the constitution of industrial township status for Jamshedpur company command area.

Earlier this month, the district administration had held the first meeting of steering committee for preparing a blue-print of the industrial township status including demarcation of wards after Supreme Court earlier this month disposed off the case over industrial township status as both Tata Steel and state government mutually agreed on the issue.

Jugsalai municipality special officer, Surendra Prasad speaking to said that the wards have been constituted on the basis of 2011 census which puts the population of Jugsalai at 50,000. Incidentally, the population according to conservative estimates has increased significantly in Jugsalai since 2011 and has grown to nearly 1.5 lakh.

For Mango, the main concerns were raised by tribal residents who expressed apprehension about violation of Panchayats (Extension to Scheduled Areas) Act 1996 (PESA Act). The Mango municipal corporation will cater to nearly 3 lakh populace.

East Singhbhum district panchayati raj officer, P Choubey, said that reservation for local urban bodies will be decided by government based on population of tribals and OBC across the state.

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