Nizamabad: After the reorganisation of districts, Nizamabad has turned into the district with the highest urban population in north Telangana. The district comprises the Nizamabad Municipal Corporation and Bodhan and Armoor municipalities. Nizamabad is the third biggest in the state.
People of urban areas are hopeful that urban development will be the focus in the new district. As per 2011 census, Nizamabad has a population of 3,11,152 persons, Bodhan 77,573 and Armoor 43,903. Of the 15, 34,428 district population, 4,32,628 people were living in municipal towns.
Residents of municipal towns have demanded to improve roads, drainage, drinking water facility, street lights and sanitation works. They requested local municipal corporators, councillors to sanction funds for basic amenities.
Speaking to this correspondent, Congress floor leader in Nizamabad Municipal Corporation M.A. Quddus said that urban development was utterly neglected in the district. People were suffering a lot due to lack of civic amenities, he said.
“At least in the new district set up by government should concentrate on urban development” he said.
Meanwhile, the state government appointed Nizamabad municipal commissioner Nageshwar as coordinator of urban local bodies (ULBs) in the district. Actually, all municipal towns act on their own in administration. There is no coordinating authority at district level. During meetings with district collector, the municipal officials submit their respective municipal reports instead of district wise consolidation in all aspects.
Interestingly, the state government upgraded Nizamabad police district as commissionerate, which is completely an urban based police set up. It is hoped that police and civil administration will concentrate on urban development giving it utmost importance.
Elected representatives of Municipal Corporation and municipalities are eagerly awaited for further initiatives in urban local bodies.