After the Delhi Assembly approved the Municipal Corporation of Delhi's (MCD) trifurcation on Thursday, full statehood for the city is next on Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit's agenda. “We had tried it earlier and will take it up again. May be, it will become a reality soon,” she said.
The Assembly has unanimously approved the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill 2011. It is for the first time the city will have three separate corporations.
Terming it a historic step, Dikshit said the issue of trifurcation was a “passion”, which has been realised now. “The existing corporation did not live up to the expectations, so we took this step. It is a historic day for Delhi. Due to the rising population, the corporation was not accessible and closer to people, which is the function of a civic body. The trifurcation will ensure better municipal administration and effective functioning of the corporation,” she said."The BJP has talked about the issue in its manifestoes and has made several committees to discuss it. So, terming it a hasty decision is not right. It has become difficult for the present MCD, which controls 98% of area with 1.6 crore population, to manage and deliver. For the past 10 years, we have been trying to work out a solution and finally we have done it," said the chief minister.
Dikshit added that it would take time to streamline the municipal administration, which would be closer to the people.
Leader of the Opposition VK Malhotra said his party was not against the Bill, as it had been assuring people on reorganisation of the MCD in all its election manifestoes.
When quizzed why the split had not taken place earlier, Dikshit said it would have become a political issue as the BJP was in the majority.
“Had trifurcation taken place earlier, the party in power in the MCD would have raised a hue-and-cry, stating that the city government was all out to dismantle the civic body. We never wanted to dislodge an elected body. Hence, we took up the issue at a time when the present MCD’s term is about to end and fresh elections are due. There is no selfish motive behind this,” she said.
Dikshit dismissed the allegations levelled by the Opposition that she had to run to the Central government to get nod on MCD’s reorganisation, which according to them was undignified.
“Our intention was to bring the administration nearer to the people. We never tried to take any power from the MCD,” she said.