The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) may soon lose its status of being the second-largest civic agency in the world.
In its first meeting to consider the restructuring of the civic agency — only second to Tokyo in its size — the high-powered political committee agreed in principle to break MCD into smaller units. The committee also decided to carry out an “in-depth study” of the recommendations made by two former Committees — the Deep Chand Bandhu Committee and
Vijay Kumar Malhotra Committee — and come up with its suggestions based on their recommendations. Interestingly, just a day after senior Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijay Kumar Malhotra resigned from it, the high-powered committee found the recommendations made by him way back in 2002 in sync with the current requirements of making the corporation manageable — politically and administratively — by breaking it into smaller segments.
The recommendations made by Deep Chand Bandhu, said officials, are almost similar to those of the Malhotra Committee.
“There is a consensus in our committee that we make the recommendations made by the Malhotra Committee and the Bandhu Committee the basis to move ahead to restructure the civic agency,” chairman of the high-powered political committee Ashok Kumar Walia said.
“Meanwhile, we have also asked the officials to study the structure of civic agencies in other metropolitans. The committee will now meet on March 21,” he added.
While the Malhotra Committee had suggested breaking MCD into five parts – east, west, north, south and rural — Delhi government is likely to go head with the trifurcation plan.
The Malhotra Committee had also suggested 40 wards in each corporation, individual mayors and commissioners to make units administratively manageable.
The committee had also suggested creation of a post of ‘principal commissioner’ as administrative head of all segments.
“These recommendations suit a metropolitan like Delhi very well. The committee may retain these suggestions. The final report is likely to be ready in the next 2-3 months and the government may call a special assembly session to table the report and discuss it,” a source privy to the meeting said.