The “Vadodara Mahanagar Seva Sadan“ or Vadodara Municipal Corporation or VMC, established in July 1950 under the Bombay Provincial Corporation Act, 1949, is responsible for the civic infrastructure and administration of the city of Vadodara.
The governing structure of VMC consists of political and administrative wings. The political wing is an elected body of councillors headed by a Mayor. The Commissioner from the IAS cadre heads the administrative wing and is responsible for strategic and operational planning and management of the Corporation. The Commissioner takes decisions on behalf of the Board or the Standing Committee formed from the elected councillors to perform the duties of the Corporation
For administrative purposes the city is divided into 4 zones – East, West, North and South. The city is further divided in 28 wards.
- The East Zone comprises wards 1, 2 and 9.
- The West Zone comprises wards 6, 10 and 11.
- The North Zone comprises wards 7 and 8.
- The South Zone comprises wards 3, 4, 5 and 12.
The Corporation is headed by a Municipal Commissioner, an IAS officer appointed by the government of Gujarat. He wields the executive power of the house. Each ward is represented by 3 corporators. An election is held to elect corporators to power. The mayor heads the party with the largest number of corporators elected. A largely ceremonial post, he has limited duties. The mayor is responsible for the day-to-day running of the city services, municipal school board, the city bus service, the municipal hospital and the city library.