Dharamshala: The State cabinet meeting presided over by chief minister Jai Ram Thakur on Tuesday decided to upgrade municipal councils of Mandi, Solan and Palampur to Municipal Corporations with the inclusion of adjoining areas.
The Cabinet decided to exempt land and buildings in newly included areas of these Urban Local Bodies from payment of general tax for a period of three years and to retain the customary rights as provided in the Wazib-Ul-Urz in the record of rights.
It also decided that election to the ULBs in the newly created Municipal Corporations of Mandi, Solan and Palampur would be conducted in January, 2021 after consultation with the State Election Commission. The elections to Municipal Corporation Dharamshala shall also be conducted with all ULBs in January, 2021 to avoid repetitive elections and associated expenditure. The elections for Shimla Municipal Corporation will be conducted in due course in 2022.
Palampur will be the second Municipal Corporation in Kangra District after MC of district Head Quarter I e Dharamshala . Dharmshala Municipal Corporation was the second one in Himachal Pradesh after Shimla. It was established in 2015. Kangra is the most populous district of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. Dharamshala is the administrative headquarters of the district.
The Himachal cabinet today has also given its nod for re-organization of Nagar Panchayat Jwali in Kangra district by exclusion and inclusion of certain areas.