Akkaraipattu Municipal Council
Introduction to the City Council
Akkaraipattu Municipal Council is a local government institution in the Eastern Province which provides local government services within the Municipality and it was upgraded as Municipal Council in 2011.
The mayor and the councillors of this Council are elected through local government elections and this municipality has been ruled by the National Congress (NC) for the last 11 years.
Akkaraipattu Municipal Council has a high population density with nearly 39,390 people accommodated in 23 GS divisions (6.507 km2) consisting of 12 Electoral Wards. They live in about 11,287 families. Of these inhabitants, 19,107 are male (48.5%) and 20,283 are female (51.49%) (Department of Census and Statistics & EDO’s – 2018). Nearly 99.58% of the city population are Muslims, 0.22% Tamils, 0.19% Sinhalese and others 0.1%. The population density of the city varies very widely. According to the statistical report of the Department of Census and Statistics & EDO – 2018, the average population density of Akkaraipattu Municipality was 6,053 persons per square kilo meter in 2018.
The main source of revenue income of this Council depends on the assessment tax collection.
Akkaraipattu Municipal Council with main four (04) divisions has been providing local government services such as health related services, solid waste management, roads with drainage maintenance, lands and environmental development, library, emergency services and street lighting services while ensuring cost effective service delivery.
Akkaraipattu is a coastal city in the Ampara District of Eastern Province of Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka and it is approximately 250 km (160 miles) away from Colombo on the Eastern direction. During the period of British rule, the city was called Karunkodithivu.
In the concept of local governance, Akkaraipattu had been referred to as Karunkodithivu Pradeshiya Sabha. Karunkodithivu Pradeshiya Sabha was renamed as Akkaraipattu Pradeshiya Sabha later on and it covered a total area of 48.36 sq.km (18.67 sq.miles) with the population of approximately 47,000 before Akkaraipattu Municipal Council was declared in January 2011.
At present, the Akkaraipattu Municipal Council Area is limited to an area of 6.507 square kilo meter land area and the rest is announced as Akkaraipattu Pradeshiya Sabha. Akkaraipattu Municipal Council has a high population density with nearly 39,390 people accommodated in 23 GS divisions (6.507 km2) consisting of 12 Electoral Wards. They live in about 11,287 families. Of these inhabitants 19,107 are male (48.5%) and 20,283 are female (51.49%) (Department of Census and Statistics & EDO’s – 2018). Nearly 99.58% of the city population are Muslims, 0.22% Tamils, 0.19% Sinhalese and others 0.1%.
Today, City of Akkaraipattu is a community rich with cultural diversity, beauty, and history; as well as, amazing educational, recreational, and scientific opportunities.
Akkaraipattu Municipal Council has a website by which it updates the citizens the city news.
Akkaraipattu Municipality is a governmental, educational, transportational, cultural, and commercial centre. Government is one of the largest employment sectors. In addition, the City is home to farmers and fishermen and other industrial and business entities.