Introduction of Daman Municipal Council Daman is the capital city of Union Territory of Daman and Diu. The Daman Municipal Council is only one municipality in the district of the Daman. It is a statutory body constituted and functioning as per the provisions of the Daman and Diu Municipalities (Amended) Regulation, 1994. Prior to Liberation of Goa, Daman and Diu on the 19th December 1961 the entire union territory was ruled by the Portuguese since from the early decade of 16 century. During the Portuguese rule the entire district of Daman was under the control of municipality known as “CAMARA DE DAMAO” and “CAMARA MUNICIPAL DE DAMAO”. Daman Municipal Council is amongst the oldest municipalities in Asia it was established during Portuguese rules in 16 century and was governed under “Senado Publico Nobre e Leal Proviso De 1581” till the year 1969. During Portuguese rule the Daman municipality had enjoyed privileges similar to those enjoyed by the municipality of EVORA in Portugal. At present the municipal area consisting of 6.5 square meters as per 1911 census the total urban population is 26905. The Goa, Daman and Diu in the municipalities act 1968 which has been asserted to by the President of India on 2nd April 1969. In terms of Representation of the People Act 1950 for running a smooth administration on democratic pattern the first election to elect The Councilor/Public elected representative was held in November 1970. 13 councilors were elected including one lady member and one member belongs to scheduled tribes.
The Municipality of Daman and Diu are under the control of the director of municipal administration the term of the office of municipality is for a period of 5 years. The President and Vice President of the Council are elected from the councilors the term of the office of the President and Vice presidential co-terminus with the terms of Council the main duties of the President to preside at all the meetings of the Council and regulate and conduct the work at such meeting and also to watch over the financial and executive administration of the Council. The Municipal functions are of two types (I) Obligatory and (II) Discretionary. The Obligatory functions Include (I) construction repair and maintenance of all public road in the municipal area the (II) lighting of public roads and places (III) to look after the health and sanitation needs of the people (IV)to maintain the burial and cremation Grounds (V)to supply water and to maintain (VI)the public latrines etc. The discretionary functions consists of the building and maintenance of the park libraries and other creation the obligatory functions include all the matters essential to the well being of the Civil population of the town. Council generally meet at every alternative month The Counselor have to submit the proposal of works required to be undertaken in that particular word as per public demand and requirement.
The president of Council is the chairman of the standing committee the vice president is the ex officio chairman of the subject committee of health sanitation and lighting the standing committee meet generally once in a week in absence of the appointment of valuation officer by the government the standing committee has to perform the duties of valuation officer for the levy of House Tax etc. The Chief Officer, the Municipal engineer and the Administrative officer are on deputation from the government department the Municipal Council is engaging casual laborer on daily wages as per requirement of work load. There are about thousand numbers of street light poles existing within the Daman Municipal area consisting of sodium vapour Mercury and tube-light fixture which is now presently maintained to the contractor in case by the government there are about 425 member of public water stand post/taps provided by the municipality.
The main source of Income/revenue for The Council is as under:1. House Tax
The Government is releasing the Grant-in-aid for1. Developmental works