Mathura, 2019-07-01 (VT): Ravindra Kumar Mandar (2013 batch) has been appointed as the new Municipal Commissioner of Mathura-Vrindavan. Prior to this, he was Chief Development Officer (CDO), Agra.
After training in Mussoorie, Mandar was appointed Joint Magistrate of Firozabad, a position he held until May 2017 before being transferred to Agra as CDO.
The development comes as a result of UP govt’s decision to transfer 15 IAS officers in the state. Before Mandar, the post of Mathura-Vrindavan Municipal Commissioner was held by Sameer Verma.
Nagar Nigam or Municipal Corporations in India are state government formed departments that work for the development of a metropolitan city having a population of more than 1 million. They are formed under the Corporations Act of 1835 of Panchayati Raj System, which mainly focuses on providing essential services in every small town and village of a district/city.
With an aim to generate more revenue by providing better facilities to tourists, the Yogi Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh government, on 9 May 2017, decided to merge the local bodies of two temple towns of Mathura and Vrindavan, despite opposition by seers and activists who deemed the move unconstitutional and a threat to Vrindavan’s unique identity.