[Sanjay Rathod, MoS Revenue Department, Govt of Maharashtra, addressing a gathering in Malegaon on August 22, 2016 (ummid.com photo)]
Malegaon: Stating that the Nashik district is under proposal to be divided and a separate Malegaon district will be carved out, Minister of State Revenue Department, Govt. of Maharashtra Sanjay D Rathod on Monday said an official announcement in this regard would be made very soon.
“There are about 22 towns and cities in Maharashtra demanding district status and Malegaon is the top claimant”, Rathod who was on a day long visit to the city said.
He said the state government is waiting for the final report of the committee headed by the Chief Secretary formed to assess the pros and cons of the would be districts.
“The report is expected any moment and a formal decision to declare Malegaon a district would be made by the Chief Minister immediately after that”, Rathod said while addressing a gathering held at Market Yard Compound.
Rathod also announced that Malegaon and neighboring Manmad would soon have Upper Tahisldar office.
This will be in addition to Additional Collector Office and Additional Superintendent of Police offices already running in Malegaon. Besides, Malegaon also have Additional Session Court and General Hospital – normally established at a district place.
Rathod’s assertion came after Dada Bhuse, Local MLA and Minister of State Cooperation, in his address brought to his notice the demand to divide Nashik district and carve out Malegaon district pending since last three decades.
Bhuse said Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had promised the people of Malegaon on several occasions in the last two years that Malegaon would be declared a district soon. A formal announcement, he said, is still awaited.
“I request the Maharashtra govt. revenue department to clear the hurdles if any in this regard”, he said.
On October 3, 1981, the then chief minister of Maharashtra, Abdur Rehman Antulay on a day-long visit to the city had announced that Malegaon would be declared a district within six months. However, the decision was put on the backburner after Antulay relinquished office in January 1982 and the plan has not seen the light of day till date.
Located on the Mumbai-Agra national highway (N.H.03) at the confluence of the Mausam and Girna rivers, Malegaon is the second largest city after Nashik in the city. The 2011 Census puts the city's population at 5,76,425 with an average literacy rate of 73%, higher than the national average of 59.5%.