Varanasi Municipal Corporation

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Varanasi Municipal Corporation

Varanasi Nagar Nigam
Ashok Tiwari, BJP[1]
Pranay Singh, IAS
Political groups
Government (62)
  •   BJP (62)[2]

Opposition (38)

First past the post
Last election
4 May 2023
Next election
Meeting place
Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh

Varanasi Municipal Corporation is the governing body of the city of Varanasi in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The municipal corporation consists of democratically elected members, is headed by a mayor, and administers the city's infrastructure and public services. Members from the state's leading various political parties hold elected offices in the corporation.[3][4]


Varanasi has been a metropolitan municipality with a mayor-council form of government. Varanasi Municipal Corporation was established on 24 January 1959 as a Nagar Mahapalika under the Municipal Corporation Act of 1959 and in 1994 it was ungraded to Nagar Nigam. With 110 wards and currently the total area under it is around 130 km2 (50 sq mi)[5] and Kunj Bihari Gupta as cities first Mayor and P.K. Kaul as a Municipal Commissioner. The Varanasi Municipal Corporation is responsible for public education, correctional institutions, libraries, public safety, recreational facilities, sanitation, water supply, local planning, and welfare services. The mayor and councilors are elected to five-year terms.

Varanasi Municipal Corporation is part of various government schemes like Swachh Bharat Mission, Hriday, Amrut as well as Smart Cities Mission.[6]


  1. ^ "In Varanasi BJP's Ashok Tiwari defeats SP by 1.33L votes". The Times of India. Retrieved 21 May 2023.
  2. ^ "BJP secures 62 of 100 seats in Varanasi". Times of India. Retrieved 21 May 2023.
  3. ^ Department of Appointment and Personnel, Government of Uttar Pradesh
  5. ^ "Varanasi City".
  6. ^ Smart City Varanasi