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Posted at: Jun 14, 2018, 12:43 AM; last updated: Jun 14, 2018, 12:43 AM (IST)

Process on to expand city territory

More areas of district will be included under JMC jurisdiction

Tribune News Service

Jammu, June 13

Struggling to meet the developmental needs of Jammu, the state government has set in the process to expand the territorial limits of the city by including more areas of the district under the jurisdiction of the Municipal Corporation.

The housing and urban development department has notified the Digiana, Sidhra, Bahoo, Muthi and Gool areas comprising 37 new colonies, which have come up in the surrounding villages during the past two decades under the municipal limits.

Official sources said with the process to include new areas set in motion the number of wards that stands at 71 at present would also increase and reach to 80 after special numeration would be conducted by the government agencies. About 7 lakh people reside in the core city area at present, which is managed by the Jammu Municipal Corporation (JMC). The total population of Jammu district is 15 lakh.

The municipal limits end at Kunjwani Chowk, Bantalab, Tomal Borhi and Munshi Chak, while the old city has no scope for further expansion.

“We have received a communication. Now, we will start the process to calculate the number of houses, resources needed and other requirements for development. The details will be sent to the urban development department for funding,” said Rishpal Singh, Joint Commissioner (Administration), JMC.

As per the Master Plan-2032, the metropolitan limits of the extended area have been identified and are proposed to be notified as the Jammu Metropolitan Region, which will see expansion to more than 400 sq km in the next 10 years.

However, a senior official in the urban development department said if funds and manpower was not provided as per the plan, it could turn into a nightmare for the civic bodies.

“The state government has given its consent to the expansion plan but its success will depend on how the funds and manpower is arranged. At present, the civic bodies are struggling. Moreover, the JMC is just an implementing agency and it needs crores of rupees for investment to improve the civic amenities.,” the official added.

Jammu has emerged as a cosmopolitan city and a refuge for lakhs of people from other districts of the state who want to live in a violence-free environment. It is also growing economically and provides employment avenues to a large number of people.

“We hope that the government will use modern technology and does not allow the violation of rules in the new areas. There is a vast scope for the use of modern technology but it depends on the administrative officials,” said Gurjinder Singh, a resident of Digyana.

Expansion over the years

Till 2000 AD, Jammu city was having an area of 32 sq km. In 2003, the then PDP-Congress government led by late Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed approved the city limits to 117 sq km. The old city comprising 23 wards was divided into 48 wards and 23 new wards were added, thus raising the total number of wards to 71.

Funds, manpower required

"The state government has given its consent to the expansion plan but its success will depend on how the funds and manpower is arranged. At present, the civic bodies are struggling. Moreover, the JMC is just an implementing agency and it needs crores of rupees for investment to improve the civic amenities." Senior official, urban development department

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