Civic governance in the city has moved a step forward towards a major overhaul. The Centre has finally given a green signal to the Delhi government’s demand to trifurcate MCD (Municipal Corporation of Delhi) ahead of the civic polls early next year.
Ending a five-month suspense, the Congress, which has a majority in the Delhi government, will be able to clear the Bill in the assembly session.
According to the proposal, the MCD will now be divided into three parts — North and South (104 wards each) and East (64 wards). To coordinate the functioning of the three new bodies, a directorate of municipal services would be set up.
“Home minister P Chidambaram has signed the file giving approval to trifurcation of the MCD. The meeting became a thanksgiving meeting,” said Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit after a 45-minute-long meeting with Chidambaram along with her cabinet.
“There were some suggestions by BJP councillors which have been incorporated by the home ministry. We have tried to make the proposal as perfect as possible,” Dikshit added.
In case there are any issues, they can always be addressed. Now, the MCD elections will be held for a trifurcated body, the CM said.
Dikshit has now called a special meeting of her Cabinet to decide the dates for convening a special Assembly session where the trifurcation Bill will be placed.
The Centre has also approved the proposal for increasing reservation of seats for women in the civic body to 50% from the current 33%.
Meanwhile, Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta said that the centre has acted in haste and it will affect overall development in the city.
“The trifurcation will result in an additional burden of R1,500 crore. Where is the government going to arrange funds from?” said Gupta.
The Delhi government had sent a proposal to the Home Ministry in June seeking permission to trifurcate MCD ahead of the civic body polls.