KATHMANDU, May 8: The government has added 72 more new municipalities across the country.
A cabinet meeting held at the Prime Minister’s Office, Singha Durbar Thursday announced additional 72 municipalities, including previously-proposed 37 municipalities in line with the Local Self-governance Act 1999.
With this the number of municipalities has reached 130. So far there are 58 municipalities, one metropolis and four sub-metropolises in the country.
“The cabinet approved a proposal tabled by the Ministry of Federal Affairs and Local Development to add 72 new municipalities,” Minister for Information and Communications Minendra Rijal told reporters after the meeting.
The new municipalities would incorporate 283 VDCS, decreasing the numbers VDCs to 3,633 across the country, down from 3,915 VDCs.
The newly added municipalities fall just under 19 out of 75 districts of the country.
Thirteen districts -- Manang, Mustang, Rukum, Rolpa, Jajarkot, Humla, Kalikot, Mugu, Ramechhap, Dolpa, Solukumbu, Rasuwa and Bajura - are still devoid of municipality.
The government has also formed a six-member Municipal Areas Delineation Committee under Professor Keshavananda Giri to resolve disputes that affected the government’s plan to announce more municipalities.
The committee has been given a month to submit its report.
The government had planned to add 41 municipalities last year, though, the decision was not implemented due to various disputes over delineation of the municipal areas.