Why there is clamour for smaller districts?
Fasting Chinna Reddy shifted NIMS
Wanaparthy, Kamareddy, Siddipet, Kothagudem districts demanded
Administrative convenience main reason
Hyderabad, September 17: The demand for smaller districts is becoming more and more pronounced. It is more so in Telangana state. The Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao (KCR) has put the proposal to have new districts on the back burner. He wants to look into the demands only after the much needed delimitation of assembly constituencies.
The demand indeed merits consideration. The average district size at national level is 5,042 square kilometers. Almost every district in the state of Telangana is comparatively much bigger in size. Administrative convenience calls for a fresh look into the aspect.
Congress MLA Chinna Reddy, who was fasting for the past three days demanding the government to make Wanaparty as a separate district, was forcibly shifted to NIMS in Hyderabad as his condition deteriorated on Tuesday. He wants Mahabubnagar to be split for administrative convenience.
A bandh was observed in Kamareddy in Nizamabad district in support of a similar demand. Almost all the parties supported the demand to make Kamareddy a separate district.
A tribal district with Bhadrachalam as its headquarters is a long pending demand. Seven tribal mandals of Bhadrachalam Mandal were given to the residuary state of Andhra Pradesh as part of the state reorganization exercise. But the demand did not die down. The coal belt in Khammam district is echoing to the demands for making Kothagudem as separate district.
There is a long-pending demand to split Medak to make Siddipet a separate district. The demand was supported by the likes of T Harish Rao, TRS leader and Siddipet MLA.
Even ordinary people have been demanding a new district to be carved out with Medak as the headquarters by merging some parts of Nizamabad district like Yellareddy, Jukkal and Nizamsagar.
Districts such as Khammam, Karimnagar, Adilabad, Rangareddy and Nalgonda have become unwieldy thanks to their size and population impacting the reach of the administration. Is not it time for a relook at the demand for new districts?