BMC ELEC­TIONS: DELIMITATION TO HIT 80% WARDS

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - Live - - FRONT PAGE - Chetna Yerunkar

MUMBAI: The re­draw­ing of the elec­toral map of the city ahead of the civic polls in 2017 is likely to hit nearly 80% of the wards, up­set­ting cal­cu­la­tions of po­lit­i­cal par­ties and many sit­ting cor­po­ra­tors.

TheBri­han­mum­baiMu­nic­i­pal Cor­po­ra­tion(BMC)willan­nounce the reser­va­tions and the new wards formed af­ter delimitation on Mon­day. Ac­cord­ing to sources, while the num­ber of wards (227) will re­main the same, the ar­eas they cover might change. More­over, with the in­crease in sched­uled caste (SC) pop­u­la­tion, the num­ber of wards re­served for SC can­di­dates has risen to 15 from the cur­rent 11. The num­ber of wards in the open cat­e­gory will drop from the ex­ist­ing 77.

This means that 80% of the 227 cor­po­ra­tors may not re­tain their wards and con­se­quently the voter base, which they have nur­tured over the past five years. The changes will make se­lec­tion of can­di­dates tricky.

The 2011 cen­sus, pop­u­la­tion growth in the suburbs and drop in the­is­land­c­i­ty­have­been­tak­en­into ac­count while re­draw­ing elec­toral wards. Each ward has an ap­prox­i­mate pop­u­la­tion of 54,000.

“The process has been go­ing on for the past two years. We have taken the enu­mer­a­tion data from the 2011 cen­sus and car­ried out GIS map­ping of elec­toral wards be­fore re­draw­ing the bound­aries,” said a civic of­fi­cials. Ac­cord­ing to sources, seven wards from the is­land­c­i­ty­will­be­re­al­lo­cate­dinthe suburbs, while three wards from the suburbs will be re­struc­tured.

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