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Waling Municipal System
In 2018, Waling Municipality prepared a municipal profile that includes details of all socio-economic information of its inhabitants as well as all municipal institutional services as well as the gaps realized. The profile was based on a detailed data collection and analysis process. Data was collected at three levels – HH census survey, institutional services and infrastructure, GPS location of all HHs and service locations.
At first, Waling municipality was announced on 2053/10/11 BS by the Government of Nepal by joining the areas of Village Development Committees Dhanubans, Pekhu Baghkhor and Waling. Later in order to reform the structures of Municipalities and Rural Municipalities for the Federal Government System, it’s area has been increased in 2073 BS by joining the previous Waling Municipality, Majhkot Shiwalaya VDC, Yeladi VDC, Jagat Bhanjyang VDC, Keware Bhanjyag VDC, Sirsekot VDC, Thumpokhara VDC, ChhangChhangdi VDC(Ward No. 1,4-6), Malyangkot VDC (Ward No. 4), Tindobate VDC (Ward No. 2-5 ), Kalikakot VDC (Ward No. 1,2,9), Pelakot VDC (Ward No. 5-6), and Sworek VDC(Ward No. 2,4-8).
The historically popular Andhikhola river is flowing through almost middle of the Waling Municipality. Waling bazar is one of the major business place of Syangja District. Waling is connected to the most beautiful city of Nepal, Pokhara and the birth place of Lord Gautam Buddha, Lumbini via Siddhartha Highway. The Waling is 65 Km far from the Capital of Gandaki Province, Pokhara and 27 Km far from District Headquarter, Syangja. The height of the landscapes ranges from 731 meters to about 1600 meters. Most of the area is covered by Hils. The office of Municipal Executive lies in Aandhikhola Valley. There are a lots of developmental opportunities for Waling Municipality.
The government of Nepal has listed to develop Waling as one of the Smart City of Nepal. So, Local Government is working for Smart Waling.
Beyond the cultural profile of Waling Municipality are features of all households within the municipal boundaries and the institutional features and municipal services provided by the local government, including education, health, local economic development, disaster preparedness etc. Data collected as a part of the profile preparation project in 2017 are organized and presented through this digital platform, including use of the Geographic Information System (GIS). The entire profile data and derived analysis is comprised of an effort to collect household level socio-economic data, institutional data of municipal assets, services, plans etc. supported by a massive GIS data collection effort.
Why Digital Municipality
In the current era of Information and Communication, it remains prudent for local governments to have information for public use to the extent possible as well as for its own immediate access, as when needed. The efficient functionality of any government agency is clearly defined by how transparent it is as well as their ability to share information to the extent possible. This characteristic is also closely monitored by public agencies and institutions, as a part of an evaluation system. Going digital is also important and have information readily available as it has become a part of modern civilization to ensure change in laws as well as implementation mechanisms of public institutions and organizations are conducted with the interest to the public as primary. A digital system will make it possible to include citizens in the process of establishing a citizen centric service and information system.