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Thiruvananthapuram Corporation

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Seats  100
Type  Municipal Corporation of the Thiruvananthapuram
Mayor  V.K. Prashant, Communist Party of India (Marxist)
Deputy Mayor  Rakhi Ravikumar, Communist Party of India
Leader Of Opposition  Girikumar, Bharatiya Janata Party
Political groups  LDF (43) BJP (35) UDF (21) Independents (01)

Thiruvananthapuram Municipal Corporation (Malayalam: തിരുവനന്തപുരം നഗരസഭ) is the largest city corporation in the state of Kerala in India by area and population. It is the Municipal Corporation that administrates the city of Thiruvananthapuram, the capital of Kerala. The city corporation is spread over 214.86 km2 with 100 wards and a population of 9,57,730 inhabitants.

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History

The conservancy department was started in Thiruvananthapuram in 1877 during the reign of the king Ayilyam Thirunal. Following this, the town was divided into 5 divisions, namely Kottaykkakam, Chalai, Sreevaraham, Manacaud and Pettah.

The first president of the Committee was Dewan Peshkar Iraviperur Pillai. There were 19 members in the committee. The Thiruvananthapuram Municipality came into existence in 1920. After two decades, during the reign of Sree Chithira Thirunal, Thiruvananthapuram Municipality was converted into Corporation on October 30, 1940.

Administration

The city corporation is ruled by the council of 100 members, headed by the Mayor. The Mayor (elected from among the councilors) chairs the Council meetings, and is responsible for the overall, supervision and control of the administrative functions of the Municipal Corporation. The Council is composed of all elected councilors. The administration of the TMC vests in the Council. The term of office of the council is five years. The TMC through the Council has all the powers, authority and responsibilities of the Government, to enable it to function as an institution of self-government in respect of the matters entrusted to it. The Council, constitute Standing Committees for exercising its powers, discharging such duties or performing such functions, as is provided for in the Kerala Municipalities Act. The Deputy Mayor is the Chairman of the Finance Standing Committee and also presides over the Council meetings during the absence of the Mayor. The Secretary of the TMC is an officer appointed by the Government.The law and order of the city is handled by the City Police Commissioner. The total police strength in the city including the Armed Reserve camp at Nandavanam and the SAP camp at Peroorkada, is about 4,500.

The corporation was divided into 24 wards covering an area of 30.66 km² in 1940. Through years, the city corporation has grown up to 100 wards, and now the Thiruvananthapuram Corporation Council is the second largest democratically elected body in Kerala after the Legislative Assembly [1].

References

Thiruvananthapuram Corporation Wikipedia


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