Dharamshala Municipal Corporation

The Municipality of Dharamshala is one of the oldest Municipalities. In 1849, Dharamshala was founded by Britishers and used as a cantonment for the troops; it was earmarked as the summer capital. In 1855 it was declared as the headquarter of Kangra District.  On 6 May 1867, the Municipality was established.On October 5, 2015 it was declared as a Municipal Corporation under the Himachal Pradesh Municipal Act 1994 by merging 9 adjacent villages.

The total area of DharamshalaMunicipal Corporation is 27.6 Sq. Km with 17 wards. The total population of the city is 53543 with 10978 households.


The head of Dharamshala Municipal Corporation is the Commissioner who is appointed by the State Govt. He is assisted by Addl./Joint Commissioner who is also appointed by the State Govt. All the administrative and executive powers for the purpose of carrying out day to day functions are conferred on him. In addition to this, the works are assigned to different officers or DMC by the commissioner, DMC as per section 46 and 50 of HPMC Act 1994.


The elected body of Dharamshala Municipal Corporation has 20 Councilors. Out of which, 17 are directly elected and 3 are nominated by the Govt. of HP. The councilors were elected through direct election which was held in April 2016. Currently, Ku.RajniVyas is the Mayor and Sh. DevinderJaggi is the Deputy Mayor


Obligatory functions of Corporation.-

It shall be incumbent on the Corporation to make adequate provisions by any means or measures which it may lawfully use or take for each of following matters, namely :-

(a) the construction, maintenance and cleaning of drains and drainage works and of public latrines, urinals and similar conveniences ;

(b) the construction and maintenance of works and means for providing supply of water for public and private purposes ;

(c) the scavenging, removal and disposal of filth, rubbish and other obnoxious or polluted matters ; (d) the reclamation of unhealthy localities, the removal of noxious vegetation and generally the abatement of all nuisances ;

(e) the regulation of places for the disposal of the dead and the provision and maintenance of places for the said purpose ;

(f) the construction and maintenance of cattle pond ;

(g) measures for preventing and checking the spread of dangerous diseases ;

(h) the construction and maintenance of municipal markets and the regulation thereof ;

(i) the regulation and abatement of offensive or dangerous trades or practices ;

(j) the securing or removal of dangerous buildings and places ;

(k) the construction, maintenance, alteration and improvements of public streets, bridges, culverts, cause ways and the like ;

(l) the lighting, watering and cleaning of public streets and other public places ;

(m) the removal of obstructions and projections in or upon streets, bridges and other public places ;

(n) the naming and numbering of streets and premises ;

(o) the maintenance of municipal offices ;

(p) the laying out of the maintenance of public parks, gardens or recreation grounds ;

(q) the maintenance of monuments and memorials vested in a local authority in the municipal area immediately before the commencement of this Act or which may be vested in the Corporation after such commencement ;

(r) the maintenance and development of the value of all properties vested in or entrusted to the management of the Corporation ;

(s) thefulfillment of any other obligation imposed by or under this Act or any other law for the time being in force ;

(t) planting and care of trees on road sides etc. ; and

(u) survey of buildings and lands.

Discretionary functions of the Corporation.-

(a) the furtherance of education including cultural and physical education ;

(b) the establishment and maintenance of, and aid to, libraries, museums, art galleries, botanical or zoological collections ;

(c) the establishment and maintenance of, and aid to stadia, gymnasia, akharas and places for sports and games ;

(d) the civic reception to persons of distinction ;

(e) the providing of music or other entertainments in public places or places of public resort and the establishment of theatres and cinemas ;

(f) the organization and management of fairs and exhibitions ;

(g) the construction and maintenance of –

(i) rest houses ;

(ii) poor houses ;

(iii) infirmaries ;

(iv) children’s homes;

(v) houses for the deaf and dumb and for disabled and handicapped children ;

(vi) shelters for destitute and disabled persons ;

(vii) asylums for persons of unsound mind ;

(h) the building or purchase and maintenance of dwelling houses for Corporation officers and other Corporation employees ;

(i) any measures for the welfare of the Corporation officers and other Corporation employees or any class of them, including the sanctioning of loans to such officers and employees or any class of them for construction of houses and purchase of vehicles ;

(j) theorganisation or management of chemical or bacteriological laboratories for the examination or analysis of water, food and drugs for the detection of diseases or research connected with the public health or medical relief ;

(k) the provision for relief to destitute and disabled persons;

(l) public vaccination and inoculation ;

(m) the organization, construction, maintenance and management of swimming pools, public wash houses, bathing places and other institutions designed for the improvement of public health ;

(n) the organization and management of farms and dairies within or outside the municipal area for the supply, distribution and processing of milk and milk products for the benefit of the residents of the municipal area ;

(m) the organization and management of cottage industries, handicraft centres and sales emporium ;

(p) the construction and maintenance of warehouses and godowns;

(q) the construction and maintenance of garages, sheds and stands for vehicles and cattle biers ;

(r) the provision for unfiltered water supply ;

(s) the improvement of the municipal area in accordance with improvement schemes approved by the Corporation ;

(t) the provision of housing accommodation for the inhabitants of any area or for any class of inhabitants ;

(u) the establishment and maintenance of hospitals, dispensaries and maternity and child welfare centres and the carrying out of other measures necessary for public medical relief ;

(v) any measure not hereinbefore specifically mentioned, likely to promote public safety, health, convenience or general welfare.

Functions Entrusted by the Government

(a)   the preparation of plans for economic development and social justice;

(b) the performance of function and implementation of schemes which my be entrusted  to it including the functions in respect of the following matter, namely:-

  1. Urban planning including town planning;
  2. Regulation of land use and construction of buildings;

iii.   Planning for social and economic development;

  1. roads and bridges
  2. water supply for domestic, industrial and commercial purposes;
  3. Public health, sanitation, conservancy and solid waste management

vii.    Fire services;

viii.   Urban forestry, protection of the environment and promotion of ecological aspects;

  1. Safeguarding the interests of the weaker sections of the society; including the handicapped and mentally retarded;
  2. Slum improvement and up-gradation;
  3. Urban poverty alleviation;

xii.  Provision for urban amenities and facilities such as parks, gardens and play grounds;

xiii. promotion of cultural, educational,  and aesthetic aspects;

xiv. burials and burial grounds, cremations and crematoriums grounds and electric crematoriums

xv.cattle pounds, prevention of cruelty to animals;

xvi. vital statistics including registration of  births and deaths;

xvii.    public amenities including street lighting parking lots, bus stops and    public conveniences;

xviii.      regulation of slaughter houses and tanneries;