KATHMANDU, Nepal–The government has increased the number of municipalities in the country to 130 from existing 58.
The government formed 72 new municipalities by merging 283 Village Development Committees (VDC) on the basis of recommendations by separate committees formed under expert duo Surya Lal Amatya and Padma Chandra Devkota.
At a time people of various municipalities were complaining of depriving from the minimal facilities of roads, electricity, sewage among other perquisite of development, the government announced new municipalities–a move that is likely to fuel protest by the opposite political parties.
So far there are 58 municipalities, one metropolis and four sub-metropolises in the country while 13 districts are still devoid of municipality.
The new municipalities would incorporate 283 VDCS, decreasing the number of VDCs to 3,633 across the country, from existing 3,915 VDCs.
Earlier a decade ago, the Amatya committee had recommended for 41 municipalities according to the. Officials at the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development informed that locals of Khokana in Lalitpur did not show interest for municipality stating that their cultural identity will be vanished.
Internal homework is being accelerated to assign staff member at the new municipalities and manage the current staffers with the VDCs, according to the Ministry.