Town’s sta­tus af­fects de­vel­op­ment work

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The con­tro­versy over the sta­tus of the town, whether it is a mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion or a coun­cil, con­sid­er­ably ham­pered de­vel­op­ment work. The state govern­ment el­e­vated the town’s sta­tus from a coun­cil to a cor­po­ra­tion in March 2010, but the de­ci­sion was later quashed by the high court in Oc­to­ber 2010. On Novem­ber 4, 2010, the state re­in­stated the coun­cil sta­tus of the town. Later in Au­gust this year, the state govern­ment ap­proached the Supreme Court, which stayed the high court or­der and or­dered an ex­pe­di­tious hear­ing on the ap­peal. The town was again given the sta­tus of a mu­nic­i­pal cor­po­ra­tion in Au­gust. But as the coun­cil­lors were al­ready elected to the mu­nic­i­pal coun­cil, there was no meet­ing of the cor­po­ra­tion.

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