The Madhya Pradesh High Court has granted 18 days’ time to the State Government to submit a reply in the matter of challenging the merger of Kolar Municipality with the Bhopal Municipal Corporation. The next hearing of the case will be on January 18. The Urban Administration Department and the Collector of Bhopal have been made parties in the petition.
The case was heard before the division bench of Justice J.P. Gupta and Justice Sanjay Dwivedi. During the hearing, Deputy Advocate General Swapnil Ganguly, on behalf of the State Government, emphasized on giving time for reply. Therefore, the High Court gave instructions to present the answer till the next date of hearing.
Advocates Shantanu Saxena and Prashant Pandey appeared on behalf of the petitioner Madhya Pradesh Congress Committee spokesperson Amitabh Agnihotri, a resident of Bhopal.
The counsels for the petitioner argued that the attitude of Kolar Municipality’s merger with the Bhopal Municipal Corporation is completely arbitrary. That is why there is protest. In this regard, in addition to the notifications of September 6, 2014 and November 20, 2014, the notification of ward reservation issued on October 16, 2020 has also been kept in the dock. These notifications should be canceled as per the rules.
The counsel claimed there should be a stay on the implementation of the notification of ward reservation issued on October 16, 2020 until the final order is passed on the petition under consideration and the objections are resolved.
It was further argued that the Kolar municipality was formed through a 2005 notification. In 2006, the Bhopal Collector, in its report, described the formation of Kolar municipality as beneficial for the development of Kolar region. Kolar municipality elections were held in 2007.