New laws to regulate upgrading LG bodies

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Committee recommends basis for the creation or upgrading of an LG body

A population of 65,000 per sq. km to declare a Municipal Council, 25,000 to create an Urban Council and 5,000  for a Pradeshiya Sabha

The density of houses must be 750, 500 and 85 respectively for a MC, UC and PS

By Sandun A Jayasekera
In the wake of the Government contemplating to introduce amendments to the Provincial Councils Act of 1987, enabling it to conduct elections for all nine PCs on the same day, Local Government and Provincial Councils Minister Faiszer Musthapha is to introduce new laws to prevent upgrading of Local Government bodies on the whims and fancies of politicians, the Daily Mirror learns.

It is recommended to make provisions to publish the advertisements at least in three leading newspapers in three languages with the objective to obtain the views of the general public

 

 A 12-member Committee of officials appointed by Minister Musthapha has examined all the matters relating to this subject and made recommendations to be followed in the constitution of new Local Government bodies and upgrading the currently existing Local Government bodies.


The Committee has recommended that the population, population density, housing density, provision of services and improvement of infrastructure, spread of commercial and industrial institutions and employment and self-generated income within the limits of proposed institution must be strictly adhered to, when a proposal to upgrade a Pradeshiya Sabha to an Urban Council or an Urban Council to a Municipal Council was considered.


The committee has also recommended a minimum population per square kilometre, to upgrade a local authority. 

 

A 12-member Committee of officials appointed by Minister Musthapha has examined all the matters relating to this subject and made recommendations to be followed in the constitution of new Local Government bodies and upgrading the currently existing Local Government bodies.

The committee has also recommended a minimum population per square kilometre, to upgrade a local authority. 
Accordingly, a population of 65,000 is required to live in a square kilometre to declare a Municipal Council, 25,000 of population in a square kilometre to create an Urban Council and 5,000 in a Pradeshiya Sabha.


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The minimum number of houses located in a Municipal Council, Urban Council and Pradeshiya Sabha must be 16,000, 6,000 and 2,500 respectively. The density of houses must be 750, 500 and 85 respectively for a Municipal Council, Urban Council and a Pradeshiya Sabha, the report said.


“A committee member on the condition of anonymity told the Daily Mirror that a couple of Pradeshiya Sabhas had been upgraded during the last regime as Municipal Councils without considering the above mentioned criteria. The upgrading of Local Government bodies in a haphazard manner by the political authorities without any valid reason has affected the people living in those Municipal Councils,” he said and added people living in a Municipal Council area must pay bigger tax and rates.


Nominations shall be obtained to appoint a Committee with the view to achieve further recommendation from the Chief Secretary of the relevant Provincial Council concerned after receiving a proposal in relation to constitute a new Local Authority.


It is recommended to make provisions to publish the advertisements at least in three leading newspapers in three languages with the objective to obtain the views of the general public, oral evidences as well as obtain the views of the specialists and other important persons.


The official committee comprises Messrs Chandaka Jayasundara, D.P. Hettiarachchi, W.W.M.A.S. Premakumara, Gayani Premathilaka, V.K. Nanayakkara, Charaka Jayaratne, W.M.S. Rupasinghe, K.M.R. Wickramasinghe, Pulasthi Rupasinghe and J.M.R.P. Jayasinghe. S.D.A.B. Boralessa was the Secretary to the Committee.