The bifurcation of the district of Burdwan to form the new district of Asansol-Durgapur has been temporarily put on hold by the ruling TMC government of West Bengal. It was earlier decided that the bifurcation will officially come into effect from 1st November 2012 (Thursday). But now it has been decided that the official process of dividing the district of Burdwan to form the new district of Asansol-Durgapur will come into effect only after the Panchayat polls, slated for early next year, are over.
Considering the fact that the combined population of Asansol and Durgapur is over 2.6 million and the population of Burdwan district is 7.73 million, according to the census report of 2011, it was decided by the Mamata Banerjee Government that the district of Burdwan needs to be bifurcated to form a new district of Asansol-Durgapur. Though the demand for the bifurcation of Burdwan district began in the early 1980s with the creation of the Asansol District Formation Committee, which included prominent anti-Left leaders such as Mr. Maloy Ghatak and Asansol Municipal Corporation mayor Tapas Banerjee, but it gathered momentum after TMC came into power in 2011. The Raniganj Chamber of Commerce and Industry was also vocal on the issue. All the political parties, in principle, have agreed to the bifurcation of the district without splitting the Assembly segments.
But now, the Panchayat election seems to be the chief minister’s top priority and she has ordered to temporarily suspend the process of bifurcating the Burdwan district. So, the people of Asansol-Durgapur will have to wait for another 5 to 6 months for the formation of the new district of Asansol-Durgapur.