Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami has announced the creation of a new district with Kallakurichi as its headquarters. This will be done by bifurcating Villupuram district.
With the creation Kallakurichi district, the number of districtsin the state will go up to 33. The CM was making the announcement while replying to the motion of thanks to the governor’s address in the assembly.
He added that since Villupuram covers a huge area, it was difficult for the administrators to govern the district. Currently, people from Kallakurichi have to travel at least 70 km to reach the district collectorate in Villupuram. The move to carve out a separate district is aimed at benefitting Kallakurichi residents, the CM said.
The Chief Minister informed the House that an IAS officer would be appointed as Special Officer to complete the process involved in bifurcation/creation of the district.
While ruling MLAs supported the move, some people from Villupuram opposed the decision citing distance between their place to Kallakuruchi that will be at least a two-hour journey.
“This decision to create a new district was made following requests from various sections,” said the chief minister.
Villupuram is Tamil Nadu’s largest district with 11 legislative and two Lok Sabha constituencies and hence was divided to help ease the administrative burden on the headquarters due to its size.
In February 2018, Kallakurichi MLA A Prabhu shifted from the Edappadi Palaniswami faction to TTV Dhinakaran’s camp. He attributed his shift of loyalty to the failure of the state government to form a separate district with Kallakurichi as its headquarters.