The Municipal Corpo-ration of Delhi’s (MCD) fate has finally been sealed. Delhi Cabinet on Monday approved trifurcation of world’s second largest civic body. There will now be a separate municipal corporation for east, south and north Delhi. The number of municipal wards will continue to remain 272.
While MCD-east will have 64 municipal wards covering entire trans-Yamuna area, the MCD-north and MCD-south will have 104 municipal wards each. There will be one mayor, one standing committee and one municipal commissioner for each of the three civic bodies.
The three municipal commissioners will report to principal secretary of Delhi’s urban development department. Besides, 51% of the 272 municipal wards will now be reserved for women candidates.
The three-member minister’s committee had earlier proposed to divide MCD into five parts in April 2011. However, several Congress leaders openly criticised the government for breaking the MCD. It was only after the Congress president intervened and gave her approval that government went ahead for its division. However, the government tweaked the proposal a little to accommodate the views of those who opposed the idea.
“There was a point of view, which we found very valid, that Delhi already has two separate civic bodies for New Delhi area (NDMC) and the cantonment area (Delhi Cantonment Board). With three new MCDs the number of civic bodies will reach five now,” Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit said. “It is a step forward in the direction of efficient and responsive municipal administration.”
Dikshit said the proposal will be sent to the union home ministry for its approval in the next four to five days. “We will call special assembly session to ratify the proposal if it comes back from the home ministry in time. Otherwise, we will table it in the monsoon session,” the chief minister said.
According to Dikshit, a committee has also been constituted which will draft an amendment bill to the DMC Act, 1957. Comp-rising four senior officers in Delhi government —- finance secretary DM Spolia, law secretary SP Garg, urban development secretary RK Srivastava and principal secretary to chief minister MM Kutty — the committee will suggest amendments in the provisions of the DMC Act, 1957.