Bengaluru: The joint select committee of the Karnataka legislature formed to scrutinise the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Bill has recommended increasing the number of wards in the city to 250 from 198.

The 21-member committee, consisting of both MLAs and MLCs, headed by BJP MLA S Raghu, tabled its special report in the Assembly on September 22.

The committee in its report has recommended amending Section 7 (1) (a) of Karnataka Municipal Corporations Act 1976.

Currently the section states that “the Corporation shall consist of- such number of elected councillors not being less than thirty and not more than two hundred as the Government may, by notification, determine.”

The committee has recommended an amendment to change the maximum limit from 200 to 250.

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Stating that the committee will need time to examine various aspects mentioned in the BBMP bill, it says “Meanwhile as the term of the elected members of BBMP has ended and elections should be held. Considering the current circumstances, increased population in Bengaluru city and the geographical spread, the committee has recommended to the government to amend the act.”

The term of the joint panel that is examining the BBMP bill has been recently extended till November, to submit its final report.

The BBMP Bill was tabled in the Assembly by the government during the previous session in March.

The bill also seeks to extend the tenure of the mayor and deputy mayor for five years.