Earlier it was proposed to merge 45 villages around Vijayawada city into Vijayawada Municipal Corporation (VMC) to create urban infrastructure by expanding the city limits.
Though some efforts were made to create Greater Vijayawada Municipal Corporation during the previous government, the proposal remained on paper due to various reasons.
In fact the proposal faced stiff resistance from local politicians as they would lose prominence once the village panchayats are merged into the corporation. Even the people of these villages also opposed the move in fear of higher taxes if they become part of the municipal corporation.
The state government’s move to create a separate municipality with Kanuru, Tadigadapa, Yanamalakudu and Poranki as YSR Tadigadapa municipality with 38 wards comes as a surprise to many as it was never in discussions.
In the ordinance notified by the government, boundaries of 13 municipalities and two municipal corporations have been changed by merging surrounding villages.
Tadigadapa was the only municipality that was newly created apart from upgrading five other panchayats into Nagara Panchayats (urban local bodies).
In the earlier plan of Greater Vijayawada, it was proposed to bring all the villages from Kanuru till Kankipadu into the corporation limits.
Now, even after creating a new municipality, the state government limited it to only four villages leaving other villages like Penamaluru, Gosala and Kankipadu which have also expanded rapidly in recent times having continuity with Vijayawada.
Ch Baburao, the capital region coordinating secretary of CPM, said that the decision to create YSR Tadigadapa municipality was taken in haste with political motives. There should be a comprehensive study and consultative process before creating new urban local bodies but in present case, there is no scientific study or basis to create Tadigadapa municipality with only four villages leaving out other villages, he said, adding that the government should also clarify its stand on Greater Vijayawada.