Takeover threat makes MCD fast-track works
The long held demand of the Sheila Dikshit government to control the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) —the second largest municipal body in the world after Tokyo -—might soon be realised with the return of Congress at the Centre, reports Neelam Pandey.delhi Updated: May 19, 2009 00:31 IST
The long held demand of the Sheila Dikshit government to control the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) —the second largest municipal body in the world after Tokyo -—might soon be realised with the return of Congress at the Centre.
Barely two days after the elections results were announced, BJP councillors, who are in a majority in the legislative wing of the civic body, were visibly tense talking of change in the functioning of the civic body.
A meeting of the political brass was also held on this matter on Monday.
In an interview to the Hindustan Times on Sunday, chief minister Sheila Dikshit had expressed her desire to "take over" the MCD, citing its poor performance.
Delhi Municipal Corporation controls 98 per cent of Delhi's total area and employs over 1.5 lakh people. MCD provides sanitation services, looks after roads, health services, primary schools, etc. In return, it collects road and property tax from all residents of Delhi.
While demanding control on the civic body, Delhi government wants to break it up into smaller units for better management and efficiency.
The leader of opposition in MCD, Jai Kishan Sharma, admitted that division of MCD in four smaller parts seemed a possibility.
"The civic agency has done no work in its two years tenure," Sharma said. "With the Commonwealth Games just round the corner it is possible the MCD is divided and comes under the state government."
According to Sharma, the 12 zones of the civic body might be divided into four separate parts, reporting to the Delhi government.
The BJP councillors, on the other hand, are busy speeding the execution of pending projects to avoid such a situation.
"With the code of conduct over, it is time now to fast track the projects. Monday's meeting was held to discuss that," said standing committee chairman, Ram Kishan Singhal.
"We will meet Commissioner KS Mehra and other officials tomorrow (Tuesday). I have called the deputy commissioner of city zone to start working on decongesting the areas outside the Old and New Delhi railway stations."