A division Bench of the Hyderabad High Court comprising Chief Justice Kalyan Jyothi Sengupta and Justice P. V Sanjay Kumar on Monday directed the Telangana Government to inform the Court by next week when the election to the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation will be conducted.
The Bench felt that the serious issue which falls for consideration is conduct of elections and reminded that the Constitution mandated the regular conduct of elections to local bodies. It was observed by the Bench dealing a writ petition filed by the Center for Good Governance.
Two months after the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) elected body term lapsed in December first week, fresh round of elections for the civic body still appears at least four to six months away.
According to the civic body officials, even if the State government decides to hold polls to the civic body in the wake of High Court orders, the earliest possible dates could be around mid-2015. The process of delimitation of wards has not yet been taken up and orders were awaited from the government on the strength of the council.
The lapsed council had 150 corporators and the process of delimitation of the wards is expected to take the numbers to at least 170. The GHMC population as per 2011 census is 67,31,790 and officials explained that as per guidelines, there have to be 143 wards for a population of 50 lakhs. After fixing this many wards, one ward each has to be appended for every additional 60,000 population. "This means, we will have to either freeze at 171 or 172," an official pointed out.
In October last, the government issued orders that the process of delimitation of election wards as per 2011 census be started and the GHMC Commissioner was directed to take necessary action in this regard.
However, the GHMC official said they were waiting for orders from the government as to the number of wards that should be fixed. "Based on the orders, the process of delimitation and reservation of seats will be taken up accordingly. This coupled with other procedures associated with conduct of polls will mean at least four months to six months for the GHMC to go to polls," he added.
Elections four to six months away as the civic body is yet to take up delimitation of wards