Shimla: Raising serious concern over the ongoing process of delimitation of wards for the Shimla Municipal Corporation (SMC) elections slated to be held early next year, the State BJP called it a futile and unnecessary exercise.

BJP vice-president Ganesh Dutt, while talking to the press, raised objections and claimed exercise was non-transparent and only benefitting builders and safeguarding the interests of the Congress party.

Describing the delimitation as being “politically motivated”, Dutt said there was no rationale method or standard norms for creating new wards. He claimed

“A population criteria of 3000 has been fixed for creation of wards but it is not being followed and in order to benefit some builders, colonies developed by them at distant locations have been included in the new wards in urban areas while areas like Lambi Dhar, which are contiguous to Dhalli ward have not been included in spite of unanimous resolutions passed by SMC general house,”

Most of the 10 new wards were being carved in the merged areas and no landmarks had been identified to demarcate the area.

The BJP leader threaten to approach the Court if their concern wasn’t considered. The delimitation of the wards is being done on the basis of 2011 census and effort is being made to have a new ward over 3000 average population.