Stage set for civic polls in Panchkula.

Panchkula : In a statement issued by the administration Sunday, the city has been divided into 20 wards of an average population of 16,000 persons per ward.

THE DISTRICT administration held a review meeting with a committee of former councillors on Sunday and issued a rough draft of the tentative division of 20 wards in Panchkula, sounding the bugle for civic body elections.

Division of wards

In a statement issued by the administration Sunday, the city has been divided into 20 wards of an average population of 16,000 persons per ward. The wards have been divided among a total population of 317476 persons. Of these, ward 2 consisting of MDC sector 4, 5, MDC apartments, Swastik Vihar and sector 6 of the city has the lowest population of about 13,216 persons and ward 4, with sectors including sector 8,9 and 10 has the highest population of 18952 persons.

  • · Ward 1 as per draft will include Mahadev Colony, Saketari, MDC Sector 2, MDC Sector 6 and Bhainsa Tibba has been created by including a population of 15390.
  • · Ward 2 includes MDC Sector 4, 5, MDC Apartment, Swastik Vihar and Sector 6 have been made of the population of Panchkula.
  • · Sectors 7, 16, 17 &18 will form the Ward 3.
  • · Ward 4 includes sectors 8, 9 and 10 with the maximum population
  • · Ward 5 will only comprise of sector 15 which is the most populated sector of the city with a total population of 15302 persons.
  • · Ward 6 would be part B of Rajiv Colony with a population of 16712 persons.
  • · Ward 7 has been formed including Budhanpur, Indira Colony and remaining parts of Rajiv Colony
  • · Ward 8 includes Abheypur and parts of Sector 19 from booth 200 to 205, with 15422 population. Ward containing sector 19 had earlier remained the highest populated ward of Panchkula with a population of more than 35000 persons.
  • · Ward 9 will consist of housing board colony, Booth 199 of Sector 19, Industrial Area Phase 1 & 2, Bell Colony Sector 14, Apartment and Sector 14 Government quarters and the Housing Board Complex.
  • · Ward 10 with 17280 population will include Sector 12, Rally village and Sector 12A of the city.
  • · Ward 11 includes sector 11, parts of sector 4, and population of village Haripur.
  • · Ward 12 will include Kharak Mangoli, Sector 5, Sector 2, Sector 1 and Village Majri.
  • · Ward 13 has been made with inclusion of Maheshpur and Sector 21 with a population of 16505.
  • · Ward 14 includes Sector 20 and Fatehpur village.
  • · Ward 15 has been formed taking Kundi, Sector 20, Part 2 of Sector 20 and Ashiyana flats with a population of 13895.
  • · Ward 16 with a population of 14510 includes of Chandimandir, Bheed Ghaggar and Nada Sahib.
  • · Ward 17 includes the booths of Sector 4, Sector 3 and Sector 23, 24 and 25 having a population of 17800.
  • · Ward 18, has Sectors 26, 27, 28 along with Madanpur.
  • · Ward 19 has been created by incorporating 13806 population of Moginand, Police line, Kishangarh, Tribune Colony, Friends Colony, Ramgarh, Billa, Jaswantgarh, Mankaya, and Bhanu.
  • · Ward 20 will have remaining villages of Dabkouri, Toka, Sukhdarshanpur, Kot, Khangsera, Bher, Alipur, Mattevali, Nagal, Khatauli and Jalauli with population of 15608.

Controversy over the division

Residents of sector 2 and 4 have been left feeling neglected after the decision for their ward allocation was announced. While sector 4 has been divided in two different wards leaving some of its parts with sector 11 and the rest with trans ghaggar sectors, sector 2 has been included with Kharak Mangoli.

The issue in division of sector 4 lies in the fact that while their poll stands divided, it would be extremely difficult to get any developmental work done there. In both the divisions, the population of sector 4 stands lower than its counterparts which may inadvertently lead to the election of a councillor from a different sector. The issue lies in the fact, that if a councillor is elected from trans ghaggar sector, the problems of the residents are set to increase as persons will have to travel farther for small works and the sector may remain neglected. In another case scenario, even if a councillor does win from sector 4, he/she may not be able to get developmental works conducted as the sector will stand divided into two parts.

Similarly, one of the most posh sectors, sector 2 has been included with sector 1, sector 5 and village Majri & Kaharak mangoli. While the total population of all sectors combined stands just a little more than 6000, Kharak mangoli itself has more than 9000 voters along with 1344 registered voters from village Majri. The sector, already falling in a crucial area in need of developmental works will again stand neglected.

The solution for both sectors, may lay in the creation of a ward including sector 2, 4, 1, 5 and v