History

              The Directorate  of Urban Affairs (formerly Department of Municipal Administration) was formed in 1962 by the bifurcation of the erstwhile Department of Local Bodies into Department of Municipal Administration and Department of Panchayats for better efficient administration and policy of decentralization of powers.  The Department of Municipalities has been later renamed as Department of Urban Affairs with effect from 16-12-2002.

                This Department is concerned with the administration of Municipalities and Municipal Corporations ( together called Urban Local Bodies ) in Kerala. There are 93 Urban Local Bodies in Kerala including 6  Municipal Corporations and 87  Municipalities.   This Department functions under the Kerala Municipality Act 1994 which is a unified Act for Municipalities and Corporations based on 74th Amendment of the constitution of India.  The Act was amended in different occasion, major amends are made in 1999, 2009 2010. The Department of Urban Affairs with the Director as the head functions as the controlling authority of entire Urban Local Bodies in their working. The Director exercises the powers delegated to him by the Government.The Department is supervising the entire work of the Urban Local Bodies. It is the coordinating agency as regards the implementation of Schemes under Five year Plan, Payment and monitoring various funds such as Development Funds (Plan Funds), General Purpose Fund, Maintenance Fund etc. The Director of Urban Affairs is the inspecting authority in respect of all Municipal bodies. He is the appointing and disciplinary authority of all staff in the Kerala Municipal Common Service, except the staff of Engineering Wing (Since they are placed in the LSGD Engineering Department) & Health Officers of Urban Local Bodies. Hence the Department of Urban Affairs headed by the Director of Urban Affairs is the overall controlling authority of the Municipalities & Municipal Corporations in Kerala State.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mission

 

The Department of Urban Affairs with the Director as the head functions as the controlling authority of entire Urban Local Bodies in their working. The Director exercises the powers delegated to him by the Government. The Department is supervising the entire work of the Urban Local Bodies. It is the coordinating agency as regards the implementation of Schemes under Five year Plan, Payment and monitoring various funds such as Development Funds (Plan Funds), General Purpose Fund, Maintenance Fund etc.              

 

Vision

 

  The Director of Urban Affairs is the inspecting authority in respect of all Municipal bodies. He is the appointing and disciplinary authority of all staff in the Kerala Municipal Common Service, except the staff of Engineering Wing (Since they are placed in the LSGD Engineering Department) & Health Officers of Urban Local Bodies. Hence the Department of Urban Affairs headed by the Director of Urban Affairs is the overall controlling authority of the Municipalities & Municipal Corporations in Kerala State.

 

 

tate Profile

Geographical Location North Latitude between 8018' and 120 48' East longitude between 74052' and 770 22
Date of formation November 1, 1956
Area 38 863 sq KM
States / UTs with which border is shared Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Puducherry
Capital THIRUVANANTHAPURAM
Districts 14
Revenue Divisions 21
Taluks 75
Villages 1020
Panchayats 941
Municipalities 87
Corporations 6
Development Blocks 152
Total Male Electorate 12110468
Total Female Electorate 12955007
Total Third Gender Electorate 21
Total Electorate 25065496
Total Polling Stations 24970
Total LACs 140
Total HPCs 20
Total Rajya Sabha seats 9

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