The Gazette notification in the first stage for upgrade 07 main cities of 7 districts as municipal councils is issued by implementing the concept of Hon. Prime Minister, Dinesh Gunewardena for developing the main city of every administrative district to a municipal council.

The first gazette notification is issued for local authorities like Vauniya, Kalutara, Kegalle, Puttalam, Trincomalee which are among 07 urban councils upgraded to municipal councils. The approval of the Cabinet of Ministers has been granted to the cabinet paper submitted by Hon.Prime Minister, Dinesh Gunewardena as Minister of Public Administration, Home affairs and Local Government for constituting these 07 urban councils including Ampara and Mannar to municipal councils.

05 out of 07 local authorities which have been upgraded as municipal councils have been constituted to municipal councils under the extraordinary gazette notifications No. 2296/05 and 2296/37 issued by Hon. Prime Minister, Dinesh Gunewardena as Minister of Public Administration.

The gazette notification for constituting Mannar and Ampara local authorities which are the balance urban councils is due to be issued in due course.