Following the government's directives in Udaipur on Monday October 9, 2023, there was a significant change in the administrative structure. The Urban Improvement Trust (UIT) underwent a transformation and is now officially recognized as the Udaipur Development Authority (UDA), as per the Gazette notification released beforehand. This transformation came into effect after the government issued the Gazette notification, and the UDA now encompasses a total of 136 villages within its jurisdiction.
These villages are situated on the outskirts of Udaipur, approximately 40-45 kilometers from the city center. The Udaipur Development Authority (UDA) will oversee these villages based on a predefined list. Moreover, there is potential for additional villages to be included in this list in the future, pending approval from the state government and in alignment with the city's development plans.
The UDA has already enacted the necessary legislation and is in the process of establishing a fully functional board for its governance. Once these new regulations are implemented, various important projects, such as building construction permits, will be efficiently managed within the Udaipur Development Authority (UDA) to enhance convenience and streamline processes.
The state government appointed Regional Commissioner Rajendra Bhatt as the inaugural chairman of the Udaipur Development Authority (UDA) on Monday. In addition to this role, he has been assigned extra responsibilities. Rajendra Bhatt took office prior to the implementation of the Model Code of Conduct. At the time, he also held the positions of Additional Chief Secretary and Collector.
However, despite the establishment of the authority, appointments to various administrative positions such as Zone-wise Commissioners, Secretary, Director of Finance, and other administrative roles have not yet been made. Given the circumstances, these appointments are expected to occur either in early 2024, following the establishment of the new government, or towards the end of December after the implementation of the Model Code of Conduct. During this interim period, it is highly likely that Rajendra Bhatt will remain as the chairman of the authority. However, due to the restrictions imposed by the Model Code of Conduct, Chairman Bhatt might be unable to initiate new development projects within the UDA.