Karimnagar, which has gained national-level recognition having been given smart city status, is likely to add another feather to its cap. The State government is considering upgradation of Karimnagar Municipal Corporation into Greater Karimnagar Municipal Corporation since it is one of the fastest growing cities in the State.
The Director of Municipal Administration in Hyderabad passed instructions to the Corporation officials on Wednesday asking them to examine the issue of upgradation and furnish a report for further action.
Though there was demand for upgradation of KMC for the past few years, the issue gained momentum following the submission of a representation to the Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao by Karimnagar MLA Gangula Kamalakar.
On March 12, Kamalakar made representation to Chief Minister requesting him to upgrade KMC as GKMC by increasing the number of wards to 60 from 50. The request was sent to Joint Secretary, Municipal Administration V Venkateshwarlu who forwarded it to Director of Municipal Administration TK Sreedevi. On Wednesday, she asked KMC authorities to examine the issues of upgrading and furnish report for taking further necessary action.
If upgradation was done, Karimnagar will become third greater municipal corporation in the state after Hyderabad and Warangal. While Hyderabad was upgraded as GHMC in 2007, Telangana government elevated Warangal as GWMC in 2015.