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TG Government Plans to Merge Municipalities with GHMC

Chief Minister Revanth Reddy has unveiled a bold strategy to consolidate the Greater Hyderabad Municipal Corporation (GHMC) by merging surrounding municipalities, a move poised to reshape the political landscape in Telangana’s capital city.

The proposal, which aims to integrate seven peripheral municipal corporations and 30 municipalities into the GHMC, marks a significant political maneuver for the Congress party. According to sources familiar with the matter, the merger is viewed as a strategic initiative to bolster Congress’s electoral prospects in Hyderabad.

The Congress party faced setbacks in recent elections, failing to secure a foothold in Hyderabad, particularly within the GHMC area where the Bharatiya Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (BRS) and All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM) dominated. Despite fielding prominent figures like Danam Nagender, the GHMC Mayor, Deputy Mayor, and several councillors, Congress’s electoral performance fell short of expectations.

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With an eye on the upcoming GHMC polls in 2026, Revanth Reddy’s plan seeks to expand the GHMC’s jurisdiction significantly under a proposed entity tentatively named the Hyderabad Greater City Corporation (HGCC). This expansion is anticipated to surpass the jurisdiction of the Hyderabad Metropolitan Development Authority (HMDA), encompassing a broader urban landscape.

“The objective is to neutralize the influence of the BRS, BJP, and AIMIM by integrating areas where Congress traditionally holds sway,” stated sources close to the Chief Minister. The strategic merger aims to consolidate Congress’s position within Hyderabad city while containing its political rivals within their respective strongholds.

The proposal, set to be introduced as legislation during the Assembly’s upcoming winter session, has sparked considerable interest and speculation among political circles. If approved, the HGCC would emerge as one of the largest municipal corporations in India, reflecting Revanth Reddy’s ambitious vision for Hyderabad’s urban governance.

Political analysts believe the proposed merger could redefine electoral dynamics in Hyderabad, potentially positioning Congress as a formidable contender in the forthcoming municipal and state elections.

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