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Civic body split comes closer

delhi Updated: Jun 13, 2011 23:28 IST
HT Correspondent
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Hindustan Times
Delhi government

The Delhi government is planning to send its proposal on the trifurcation of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to the union home ministry for approval.

“The amendment bill for the trifurcation is nearly complete. The draft of the bill, along with a proposal, will be sent to the union home ministry soon,” said RK Srivastava, urban development secretary, Delhi government.

The idea is to split the corporation into three components ahead of the local body elections next year. A four-member committee headed by Delhi chief secretary PK Tripathi has held eight meetings so far on this.

Officials further said after getting permission, the Delhi government might call a special session of the assembly for passing the bill. A Delhi cabinet meeting last month had approved a proposal to split the MCD into three parts. The proposal said the new civic bodies in north and south Delhi would have 104 wards each while there would be 64 wards for the east Delhi wing.

Srivastava said the fourth Delhi Finance Commission was looking at the financial structure of all the three proposed corporations.

The political wing of the civic agency is doubtful about the financial viability of the new regime. The MCD mayor had said that it would be difficult for the new corporations to fend for themselves.

Projects funded under JNNURM yet to take off The corporation has not yet started some of Delhi’s infrastructure projects funded under the Jawaharlal Nehru Urban Renewal Mission due to clearance hurdles.

As the deadline for completing the projects under the mission is March 2012, there is a possibility that the funds allocated for these projects will not be given by the Centre and the Delhi government too might cut off its channels of financial support. There are 10 such projects, worth R800 crore.

A total of 29 projects, worth R8,027 crore, had been approved. Nineteen projects have been completed by

various agencies including the Delhi Jal Board, New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and Public Works Department (PWD).

“The mandatory clearance by the Unified Traffic and Transportation Infrastructure (Planning and Engineering) Centre (UTTIPEC) is expected soon and then the civic agency will be able to start work on the projects,” Srivastava said.

“We are hoping permission will be granted soon for the projects and work will then start,” he added.

The civic agency could not get sanction for some projects, most of which are multi-level parking, on environmental grounds.