Administration in KozhikodeKozhikode is also known as Calicut and is the third largest city in the southern state of Kerala. It is the headquarters of Kozhikode district. It was formerly the capital of an independent kingdom and later of the erstwhile Malabar district. The city has a lot of history and the historical significance of this beautiful city is what attracts tourists the most. Like every other city, the administration is what keeps the city running.
Every department of every administration work in unison and, thus, ensure the smooth operation of their duties. Ever since 1498, when Vasco Da Gama first landed in India (in Kozhikode), the trade route has been open to major countries around the globe and, therefore, administrative offices like the excise department, the Kozhikode Development Authority, the Regional offices of Urban Affairs etc. are on their toes most of the time.
Other administrative offices in Kozhikode include the District Collector’s Office, the Municipal Corporation, Police Commissioner’s Office, Police Stations, Civil and District courts. Below are some of the administrative offices and a brief description about them.
Kozhikode District Collector’s OfficeA district collector is one who governs a district. Kerala’s state government appoints the District Collector. On the district level, the state government has many different departments. Since the District Collector is the head of the administration in the district, he/she gets technical advice to discharge his duties from the district officers of the many departments under the administration.
Kozhikode Municipal Corporation
The state governments, under the municipal legislation, delegate and vest a long list of functions to the Municipal Corporation of Kozhikode. These functions include, but are not limited to public safety, public health, their welfare, regulatory functions, public infrastructure works and development activities. There are 18 functions provided in an illustrative list in ‘The Twelfth Schedule of Constitution’ which the municipalities may be entrusted with.
Planning for urban poverty alleviation programs, economic development and social justice, promotion of educational and aesthetic aspects are some of the development functions of Kozhikode Municipal Corporation, besides the traditional core functions. However, a wide variation in conformity legislation enacted by the state governments is indicated in this regard. The paper-work of this corporation includes dealing with the applications of ownership change, birth and death certificates, registration of marriages, tenders etc.
According to the 2011 Census, the total population of Kozhikode was 3,086,293. The entire population falls under the Corporation’s supervision. The Municipal Corporation is divided into the Mahanagar Nigam, the Nagar Palika (Municipality) and the Nagar Panchayat (Notified Area Council).
Regional Office of Urban Affairs in KozhikodeThe Department of Municipal Administration (Now Department of Urban Affairs) was formed in 1962 bifurcating the erstwhile Department of Local Bodies in to Department of Municipalities and Department of Panchayats. The Department is under the control of the local administration Department of the Government of Kerala. Necessary guidance and advice is given to the state’s urban local bodies by them for carrying out the civic administration. Municipal corporations and municipalities are also given advice and guidance to make the best use of their financial resources, so that they can help in providing better amenities to the towns and cities they are responsible for.
Under-planned and non-planned schemes, the local bodies are sanctioned various grants and loans. The department draws and disburses these, and also watches how the fund is being utilized. Apart from this, the Department also watches how the urban local bodies are implementing the ‘Prevention of Food Adulteration Act’. Various programs are introduced by the department to serve various civic purposes and the Department makes periodical reviews to see how well these programs have been implemented. The urban local bodies collect the revenue, which the Department reviews. After that, they impart necessary instructions, if required to the officers concerned. The regional joint director has to perform the main duty of clearing of audit objections. Inspecting the urban local bodies and enquiries authorized by the department and government.
Kozhikode Development AuthorityKozhikode Development Authority was formed on May 15, 1980, with the aim of planned development. Kozhikode is a well-developed city of Kerala. The credit for this goes to the Kozhikode Development Authority. Planned development of this city has changed the face of tourism in this city. Since Kozhikode is a major center of trade from ancient days, development of this city needed to cope up with the development of the state and the country. To cater this need for development, the Kozhikode Development Authority has done a great job and is still not resting. The percentage of development in the field of IT and allied fields is of an international level and people really appreciate that. Though there is still a lot of unutilized area, plans to utilize them are being made and very soon people are going to see a much developed city.
Kozhikode Development Authority Address: Vikas Bldg, Link Road, Link Kallai, Palayam, Kozhikode, Kerala 673002
Ph No.: 0495 2701991
Police in KozhikodeThe Kerala Police, like other state police forces in India, is headed by an officer of the rank of Director General of Police (DGP). The Kannur Range falls in the North Zone, under which the City Police falls. Basically, there are two sub-divisions of the Kozhikode City Police Unit (for Administration, law and order etc.).
These are Kozhikode North and Kozhikode South. Further these two sub-divisions are spread to 16 different police stations and 6 circles. In Kozhikode, there functions a separate traffic unit, which ensures an effective enforcement of the rules and regulations regarding traffic. Various other branches of police are functioning in Kozhikode which include Crime Detachment, Armed Reserve, Special Branch, Control Room, Juvenile Wing, DCRB and Narcotic Cell. At Beypore, there is a special branch of Police called the ‘Coastal Police’ and a Coastal Police Station is running effectively over there.
Police Commissioner’s Office in Kozhikode
The senior officers including the Police Commissioner help maintain the law and order of the city of Kozhikode. Overall, there are 14 Police Stations in Kozhikode which are under these senior officers.
Police Commissioner of Kozhikode
Courts in KozhikodeKozhikode does not boast of a High Court, but certainly caters to the need of having numerous district and session courts. The district court deals with civil cases while the session court deals with criminal cases.
Following are few of the many small courts in Kozhikode along with their phone numbers:
- Labour Court Calicut +91-4952374554
- District Court +91-4952366091 / 2366362
- Forest Tribunal Add. District Court +91-4952365091
- Family Court Calicut - +91-4952365235
- MACT Court - +91-4952365794
- Fast Track Court - +91-4952765735
- Judicial First Class Magistrate’s Court - +91-4952761755
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