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7 new districts,22 talukas set to be formed

Seven months after the state Cabinet approved the creation of seven new districts and 22 new talukas

Written by Express News Service | Gandhinagar |
August 4, 2013 2:56:56 am

Seven months after the state Cabinet approved the creation of seven new districts and 22 new talukas,the Gujarat government is now in the final stage of formalising it. As promised by Chief Minister Narendra Modi in the run-up to the 2012 Assembly Elections,the new districts and talukas didn’t see the light of day on the Republic Day. But now the government is burning the midnight oil to make it a reality this Independence Day.

“The Cabinet is likely to give it a go-ahead in the next meeting to be held on August 7. The notification will be released by the midnight of August 14. The new boundaries will be effective from August 15,” said an official from the General Administration Department.

“Even disputes received from local groups over the new system have been solved by a special committee that was set up to look into the matter. The government is confident that all matters will be taken care before the deadline of August 15,” said government spokesperson Saurabh Patel.

In the course of Modi’ s Swami Vivekanand Yuva Vikas Yatra,ahead of Assembly elections in December 2012,a district or a taluka was born almost every week. Seven new districts and 17 talukas were announced,taking the number of districts and talukas in the state to 33 and 243,respectively. At present,Gujarat has 26 districts and 227 talukas.

Chhota Udepur,to be carved out from Vadodara,will be a new district. Another new district,Mahisagar will be carved out from Kheda and the Panchmahals. New district Aravali will comprise parts of Sabarkantha and Banaskantha districts. Botad will be carved out from Bhavnagar district.

In the coastal belt of Junagadh,Gir-Somnath has been declared a new district.

In Jamnagar,a new Dwarka district,comprising the famous pilgrim destination,has been carved out.

Morbi,a hub of ceramic and electronic industries,has also been named as a district. It will be carved out from

Rajkot.

While the newly formed headquarters were given in-principle approval from January 26,the government failed to carve out the boundaries on the ground on the first deadline.

It was in 1997-98 when the state,with Shankersinh Vaghela as the chief minister,last saw a big-scale reorganisation. Porbandar,Kheda,Patan,Valsad and Navsari districts were formed then. Before the 2007 Assembly elections,the Modi government had announced the formation of new Tapi district,carved out from Surat district.

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