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Cong gives Delhi govt go ahead for MCD split

Putting all speculation to rest, the Congress party on Saturday gave its approval to Delhi government to go ahead with the division of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

delhi Updated: May 29, 2011 00:12 IST
Atul Mathur

Putting all speculation to rest, the Congress party on Saturday gave its approval to Delhi government to go ahead with the division of Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

While the party has left it on chief minister Sheila Dikshit to decide the number of smaller corporations the government wants, sources said the number of municipal wards will not go beyond the existing 272.

The government may make the announcement in this regard sometime next week. Since Delhi already has two more civic bodies — the New Delhi Municipal Council and Delhi Cantonment Board — that take care of the amenities in some portions of Delhi, sources said the corporation may be divided into only three parts.

“We have left it to Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit to decide if she wants three corporations or five in Delhi. Since the increase in number of wards may have led to complexities, we have requested her (Dikshit) to leave it untouched,” an All India Congress Committee (AICC) source said.

Though Delhi Congress chief Jai Prakash Aggarwal and some municipal councillors had registered their protest against the division of world’s second-largest civic body, AICC sources said the party high-command sounded convinced with the Dikshit-government’s arguments.

“She (Dikshit) explained the rationale behind her proposal to divide the civic body ahead of next year's municipal polls. The party high command seemed convinced that the division would enhance its (MCD’s) performance,” the source added

Delhi Cabinet had given its in-principle approval to the recommendations made by three Delhi ministers to divide MCD into five smaller corporations and increase the number of municipal wards from 272 to 408 in April this year.

The decision was put on hold after some Delhi Congress leaders opposed it and the party high-command had to intervene to break the ice.