Thane: The State Election Commission has issued a notification for the delimitation of new wards in the Thane Municipal Corporation area. The notification has been issued in the name of Thane Municipal Commissioner Dr. Vipin Sharma. The state government had decided to increase the number of Thane municipal wards from 130 to 142 before the 2022 Thane Municipal Corporation elections. Now with this notification, the boundaries of wards in Thane Municipal Corporation area are likely to be fixed after March 2, after which the existing corporators as well as interested candidates will start working in their respective areas.
The program given by the State Election Commission is to be completed in five phases from February 1 to March 2 and after hearing the suggestions and objections, the statement in this regard will have to be submitted to the Election Commission on March 2. After the release of the notification, it has been decided that the municipal elections will be conducted without OBC reservation.
All eyes on the formation of wards
All eyes are on the formation of wards for the upcoming Thane Municipal Corporation elections. How the boundaries of the wards will be decided has many current and interested candidates set their political maths. As per the multi-member ward system, the Thane Municipal Corporation has already submitted a proposal to the Election Commission to make it a model ward. Accordingly the number of wards, total population and number of members have been fixed. Since the petition has been filed in the Supreme Court for the reservation of OBC category, the population of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes has also been fixed in addition to the population of OBC category.
State Election Commission will have to report
The OBC category data will be submitted to the respective Backward Classes Commission and their recommendations will be submitted to the State Election Commission. However, since there would be delays in coming up with their recommendations, the State Election Commission has given a letter to the Thane Municipal Corporation regarding the demarcation of wards in the Thane Municipal Corporation till then. So after completing all these processes from 1st February to 2nd March, the State Election Commission will have to submit the details report in this regard.
Ward number 44 is the biggest ward, 4 members will be elected
The Thane Municipal Corporation will be elected in a three-member system, but out of 47 wards, ward number 44 is the largest ward and the population of this ward is about 57 thousand. Therefore, instead of three members, four members will be elected at this place. The population of other wards ranges from 35,000 to 46,000 voters. However, due to ward number 44 being the most populous ward, everyone’s attention is likely to be drawn towards this ward.
Thane Municipal Area Data
- The total population of Thane Municipal Corporation area – 18,41,488
- SC Population-126003
- ST Population – 42698
- Total No. of Wards – 47
- Total No. of Elected Members – 142
- SC – 10
- ST – 3
- Growing Wards – 14
- Increasing number of corporators – 12
- Seats reserved for women – 71
- SC – 5
- ST – 2
- General – 64