After 24 years, the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) has formed a new municipal ward, P East, which will be the 25th in the city. Its office will operate temporarily until a new building is built for it, from the Kundanlal Sehgal Natyagruha at Malad. In 2012 the BMC had announced the division of 3 wards for smooth administration. After a long wait, it divided the P North ward which covers Malad East, the West part of Goregaon and Kandivli, and carved out the new P East ward. It was inaugurated on Wednesday. This new ward will cover Malad East and Kurar. It has a 7 lakh population and 9 electoral wards.
A total of 17 different department facilities are provided in the ward office. These include the services of the Disaster Control Room, Solid Waste Management, Health, Water supply, and Maintenance. “Now citizens from Malad and Kurar East can also get birth and death certificates, marriage certificates in the new ward,” said Kiran Dighavkar, assistant municipal commissioner of P North ward who will handle the P East ward.
The Guardian Minister of Mumbai Suburbs Mangalprabhat Lodha has directed BMC to start a full capacity office in a new building as soon as possible. MPs Gajanan Kirtikar, Gopal Shetty, former mayor Sunil Prabhu, and former ministers Aslam Shaikh and Atul Bhatkhalkar were present at the inauguration.
The division of two more wards is in the pipeline as per the 2012 decision. According to a BMC official, K East ward which covers Vile Parle, Andheri and the East of Jogeshwari will be divided. The new two wards will be identified as K South and K North. Also, L ward which covers Kurla, Chandivli, Chunabhatti, and Sakinaka will be divided as L South and L North.
Once the largest ward
P North was the largest civic administrative division with 12 lakh population and covered a 46.67 square kilometre area with 18 corporators. It had a 14.20-kilometre coastline which includes tourist spots like Madh, Silver, Erangal, Aksa and Marve Beach.
When R North ward was divided into R Central (Borivli) and R North (Dahisar) creating 24 wards