Comparison between the concept of the Area Sabha and the Local Area Citizen Group in the context of Mumbai city 

S.

No.

Point for Comparison

 

Area Sabha

Local Area Citizen Group

Remarks / View of NGO Council

1

No. of people in one unit

1800

4000-5000

 

2

No. of units in the city

8333

3000

Assuming population of 1,50,00,000

3

No.of units in each Councillor Ward

36

8-12

Assuming 227 Councillor Wards (population is 45000 or 65000?)

4

Current status

Existing as polling booth

proposed

LACG structure evolved from learnings of ALM, LACC

5

Description of proposed structure

Voting unit within the Councillor Ward

Geographic unit within Councillor Ward

LACG unit to integrate with existing BMC structures

6

Objective of proposed structure

Local Self Governance

Unit for formal civil-society- BMC partnership

 

7

Defining criteria of unit

As per electoral roll no physical boundary

Geographic area pre-defined by BMC Roads and Councillor ward boundaries form the physical boundaries

Several of the activities of the LACG cover physical aspects of the city and its upkeep

8

Description of components of unit

Voters of a particular locality: residents of societies, slums, etc.

Users of a particular area: owners/ occupiers of residential, commercial, institutional units.

LACG has a more heterogeneous profile mixed group of users / occupiers of an area come together

9

Legal status / legitimacy

As per Electoral rolls

A registered society of the owners / occupiers of that area

 

10

Interface with existing structures

1 Councillor Ward : 35 Area Sabhas

 

1 Admin Ward: 350

 

BMC: 8333

1 Councillor Ward : 8-10 LACGs

1 Admin Ward: 100

BMC: 3000

- Area Sabha calc. assumes 65000 persons in 1 Councillor ward.

 - Admin ward figures are variable as ward sizes are variable

11

Process for implementation

Legitimacy by law- changes in the BMC Act

Through issuance of a Circular and Rules

 

12

Analysis of structure

Proposed third tier of democracy within existing political structure

Proposed  apolitical structure for citizen participation in governance

Both structures can co-exist Area Sabhas have a broader objective than LACGs, while being a smaller unit than LACGs.