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Administration in Shimla

Shimla being one of the most famous and the most visited hill stations of north India, total administration in Shimla is looked after by important departments like police department, municipal corporation, DRDA and others. Each one of these departments aims at providing flawless administration in Shimla so that locals as well as tourist feel and stay safe in the city and there is no lack of basic amenities for the local people as well as the tourists.

Shimla is the state capital of Himachal Pradesh State and is a district too thus it houses district collectorate, district court and other administrative offices that are responsible for looking after the complete administration Shimla. As per the census of 2011, Shimla stands third in the list of most populous districts of the State Himachal Pradesh and the first and second positions are taken by Kangra and Mandi respectively. Shimla is the most urbanized district of Himachal Pradesh.

Administration in Shimla

The three important parties of Shimla are:

  • INC (Indian National Congress),
  • CPI (M) and
  • BJP

Shimla has one seat in Vidhan Sabha or State Assembly and also has a seat in Lok Sabha.

Shimla Municipal Corporation

The total responsibilities of administration of Shimla City and its surrounding areas like New Shimla, Dhalli, Totu lies is the domain of Shimla Municipal Corporation. These three areas New Shimla, Dhalli, and Totu were included in Shimla Municipal Corporation in 2006/07. Shimla Municipal Corporation was established in 1851 and is one of the oldest municipal corporations of India.

The municipal corporation of Shimla has 28 elected councilors. Twenty five of them are directly elected by the residents of Shimla and 3 of them are nominated by Himachal Pradesh Government and they are the prominent citizens of the Shimla Town who have excelled in their respective fields. Right now the major is Sri Sanjay Chauhan and the Deputy Mayor is Shri Tikender S. Panwar.

Municipal Corporation of Shimla

The Administrative head of Municipal Corporation of Shimla is the commissioner MC Shimla. He has all types of executive and administrative powers so that day to day functions of the municipal corporation can be carried out. He gets appointed by the State Government and gets assistance from Assistant or Joint Commissioner. Innumerous services are provided by Municipal Corporation Shimla and some of them are:
  • Construction, cleaning and maintenance of drains
  • Drainage work of public urinals, latrines
  • Removal or rubbish
  • Preventing and checking of dangerous diseases and their spreading
  • Maintenance of streets, culverts, roads , public parks, and others
  • Town planning
  • Land use regulation
  • Water supply
  • Fire services and many more

DRDA in Shimla

DRDA ShimlaDRDA or District Rural Development Agency,  Shimla was formed in 1981. During the same year DRDA was formed for all districts of Himachal Pradesh. The main objective of DRDA is to look after implementation of various anti-poverty programs and additionally it looks after the fund utilization for these programs. The administrative setup of DRDA at the top level has three posts.

They are Commissioner-cum-Chief Executive Officer DRDA, Additional Deputy Commissioner-cum-Project Director, and Project Officer. DRDA is responsible to look after all the 10 development blocks and one sub block of the district.

The Chief Executive Officer of DRDA Shimla is Shri Dinesh Malhotra and Deputy Commissioner is Shri Dev Dutt Sharma. The project officer is Shri Rajesh Dhiman.

Phone No.: 0177 2655988, 0177 2657003, 0177 2657016
Email Id: dc-shi-hp@nic.in / adc-shi-hp@nic.in / drdashi-hp@nic.in

District Collectorate in Shimla

The deputy commissioner heads the District Collectorate who is assisted by assistant District Collectorate. Additional District Manager, Protocol and Law & Order, PO DRDA, District Revenue officer are part of District Collectorate.

Deputy Commissioner: Shri Dinesh Malhotra
Phone No.: 0177 265 5988 (O) / 0177 280 2400 (R)
Email Id: dc-shi-hp@nic.in

Additional Deputy Commissioner- Shri D. D. Sharma
Phone No.: 0177 265 0003 (O)
Email Id: adc-sml-hp@nic.in

Additional District Magistrate (Law and Order)- Shri D.K.Rattan
Phone No.: 0177 265 7005 (O)
Email Id: admlo-shi-hp@nic.in

Additional District Magistrate (Protocol)- Shri Neeraj Kumar
Phone No.: 0177 265 3436 (O) / 0177 265 0654 (R)
Email Id: admp-shi-hp@nic.in

Courts in Shimla

Shimla houses 11 courts and one of them is a fast-track court. The hill areas of Punjab became the part of Himachal Pradesh in 1966 and after the district of Shimla was created, Shimla had the Court of District & Sessions Judge functionally here in this district at the District Collectorate building. Later in 1995, Kinnaur District had its own sessions Division.

Courts in Shimla

Shimla has District and Sessions Judge and additionally there are Appellate Courts like:

  • Court of District & Sessions Judge (Forest)
  • Additional District and Sessions Judge
  • Additional District and Sessions Judge (Fast Track)

The subordinate Judiciary has 7 courts in Shimla- Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate/Civil Judge(senior)/Rent Controller. There are six courts of Judicial Magistrates/Civil Judges/Rent Controllers. Two more courts have been created in Shimla recently. 

Contact Persons and Contact Numbers:

District & Sessions Judge: 0177 265 6638 (O) / 0177 280 1896 (R)
District & Sessions Judge (Forest): 0177 265 2403 (O) / 0177 283 2333 (R)
Additional District & Sessions: 0177 280 1296 (O) / 0177 265 7856 (R)
Additional District & Sessions Judge (Fast Track): 0177 265 7739 (O) / 0177 280 8797 (R)

Jails in Shimla

Director General of Prisons heads the Department of Prisons. Director General of Prisons is responsible for controlling and supervising all the prisons on Himachal Pradesh. Shimla has a model central jail at Kanda and the other one is at Nahan. Apart from this jail, Shimla also has an open air jail. There is sub-jail in Kaithu, Shimla.

Apart from rehabilitation and correction of the prisoners in these jails, prison department now provide wage earning schemes for the prisoners. Canteens have been established for the prisoners and they have been encouraged to go through skill trainings and vocational trainings so that they could earn their living. During various occasions and fairs in Shimla and around e.g. Rampur Lavi, Dusshera, Red Cross Fair, products made by these prisoners i.e. shawls, blankets, carpets, rugs, wooden items etc. are sold in stalls.  The living conditions in these prisons are improved and medical facilities are also provided to these prisoners so that after release they could become good citizens and become part of the society.

Law and Order in Shimla

Shimla City Law & Order are maintained by departments- police department, enforcement directorate, fire department, prisons department, forensics, vigilance department, and home guard department. Shimla City has five police stations and there are three fire stations in the city. The police department is headed by the Superintendent of Police. The local police in the district get assistance from the First Armed Police Battalion, one out of the four armed police battalions of Himachal Pradesh State. Shri Abhishek Dular is the SP of Shimla.

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