Kolkata Municipal Corporation

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Kolkata Municipal Corporation
Logo of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation
Motto Purosree Bibardhan (Bengali)
Formation 1876
Type Municipal
Headquarters Kolkata
Official language
Bengali, English
Sovan Chatterjee
Staff 37,829 (as on 31 March 2003)
Website Kolkatamycity.com
Map showing KMC limits

Kolkata Municipal Corporation or KMC (Bengali: কলকাতা পৌরসংস্থা) (formerly Calcutta Municipal Corporation or CMC) is responsible for the civic infrastructure and administration of the city of Kolkata. This civic administrative body administers an area of 185 km2. Its motto, Purosree Bibardhan, is inscribed on its emblem in Bengali script. KMC is headed by Sovan Chatterjee the present Mayor of Kolkata.


The KMC was established in 1876. The city is divided into 144 administrative wards that are grouped into 15 boroughs.[1] Each of these wards elects a councillor to the KMC. Each borough has a committee consisting of the councillors elected from the respective wards of the borough. The Corporation, through the borough committees, maintains government-aided schools, hospitals and municipal markets and partakes in urban planning and road maintenance.[2] The corporation as the apex body discharges its function through the Mayor-in-Council, consisting of a mayor, assisted by a deputy mayor, and ten other elected members of the KMC. The mayor is responsible for the overall functioning of the KMC and has a tenure of five years.[3] At present, the All India Trinamool Congress holds the power in the KMC. Recently the KMC has faced a lot of criticism for legalizing unauthorized construction largely responsible for a number of deaths because of fire. This was also responsible of the unplanned growth in the city.[citation needed]

The city also has an apolitical titular post, that of the Sheriff of Kolkata.[4] The Sheriff presides over various city-related functions and conferences. Another ancillary civic body is the Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) responsible for the statutory planning and development of the Kolkata Metropolitan Area (KMA).[5] The KMA includes a large suburban hinterland around the urban centres of Kolkata.

The jurisdiction of the KMC covers the area covered by the Kolkata Police (which in turn includes the area of Kolkata District), but includes an adjacent area as well. See Civic Administration of Kolkata. According to KMC website, erstwhile Joka-I & Joka-II Gram Panchayats were added to municipal limits, although information on their distribution into wards was not available.[6] This addition increases the area of KMC to 200.71 square kilometres (77.49 sq mi).[6] In 2011, it was announced that Kolkata Police and Kolkata Municipal Corporation area will be coterminous.[7][8]


Kolkata Municipal Corporation Headquarters

The KMC is responsible for administering and providing basic infrastructure to the city.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Kolkata Statistics". Kolkata Municipal Corporation. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  2. ^ "007 Kolkata (India)" (PDF Format). World Association of the Major Metropolises. Retrieved 2006-04-26. 
  3. ^ "About Kolkata Municipal Corporation". Kolkata Municipal Corporation. Retrieved 2006-04-26. 
  4. ^ "New sheriff of Kolkata". The Telegraph. 2005-12-28. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  5. ^ "About Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority". Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority. Retrieved 2007-09-01. 
  6. ^ a b "Incorporation of erstwhile Joka-I & Joka-II Gram Panchayats under the jurisdiction of Kolkata Municipal Corporation". Kolkata Municipal Corporation. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  7. ^ "City police chief visits added areas". The Times of India. 13 June 2011. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 
  8. ^ Bandyopadhyay, Krishnendu (30 August 2011). "People will see the change: Kolkata police chief". The Times of India. Retrieved 3 April 2013. 

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