September 28, 2011 3:32:00 am
Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati is set to announce Hapur as a new district when she visits the region on Wednesday. Officials said Hapur will be carved out of the districts of Ghaziabad,Bulandshahr and Meerut.
The region will become Uttar Pradeshs 73rd district and is likely to be named after dalit icon Periyar E V Ramasamy,officials said. This is the 14th district Mayawati will be announcing as the chief minister.
The demand for a separate Hapur district is a longstanding one,dating to 1976,when the district of Ghaziabad was carved out of Meerut. At the time,a separate district of Hapur was also being considered,but the plan was shelved in favour of a Ghaziabad district.
The last district that came into being on recommendation of the Mayawati government was Chhatrapati Shahuji Maharaj Nagar in 2010,which consists of three tehsils of Sultanpur district Amethi,Gauriganj and Musafirkhana and two tehsils of Rae Bareli Salon and Tiloi.
Officials of the Ghaziabad District Authority said the new district will comprise four tehsils Hapur,Garhmukteshwar,Dhaulana and Syana. The police stations to be included in Hapur are Hapur (Kotwali),Hapur(Dewat),Pilkhuwa,Babugarh,Dhaulana,Hafizpur,Mansoori,Simbhawali and Garhmukteswar,Syana,Bibinagar,Agauta,Narsena and Kharkhauda.
The last time the district of Ghaziabad was divided was in 1997,when Gautam Budh Nagar was formed,including some areas of Bulandshahr district. At that time also there were voices demanding the creation of a separate Hapur district.
On the condition of anonymity,officials said two other districts are also in the pipeline.
Shamli district,to be created out of Muzaffarnagar,and a separate Deoband district.
The Chief Minister is scheduled to arrive at Dewan Public School at 1 pm,where a makeshift helipad has been put in place.
After addressing supporters and the media where the official announcement is expected,she will also visit the tehsil headquarters as well as the local police station.
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