Pushing to get Centre's nod for trifurcation of MCD, chief minister Sheila Dikshit on Friday met home minister P Chidambaram seeking immediate clearance to the proposal to ensure completion of the process before the civic polls early next year.
"The discussions are in final stage," officials accompanying Dikshit in the meeting said. It was Dikshit's second meeting with Chidambaram in last three weeks in a bid to get the much awaited nod.
Dikshit, who has been strongly pushing for splitting the MCD, had apparently raised the issue with Congress president Sonia Gandhi in a meeting on Wednesday.
The officials said they are expecting the clearance by the home ministry "very soon" following which the assembly will be convened for seeking approval to a bill for division of the MCD.
In the meeting with Chidambaram, Dikshit urged Chidambaram to clear the proposal so that the entire process could be completed well ahead of coming into force of the election code of conduct for the municipal polls which are scheduled to be held in April next year.
The home ministry had in September returned the proposal to the city government wanting to know specifically what would be the administrative structure, distribution of funds and how the city government plans to ensure proper coordination among three proposed bodies. The government had sent a fresh proposal last month.
Officials said Winter Session of assembly will be called immediately after getting the go-ahead from the Home Ministry as a bill will have to be passed by the House to split the civic body.
Dikshit has been strongly pushing for trifurcation of MCD as well as increasing reservation of seats for women to 50 per cent from the current 33 per cent.
She had to face opposition from within Congress for the proposal with several leaders even going to party chief Sonia Gandhi to complain against the move.
However, after much deliberation within the party and discussions with senior AICC leaders, it was decided the MCD would be split into three parts and the number of wards would be kept at 272.
Dikshit had met home minister P Chidambaram twice in July to request him to clear the proposal.
The home ministry had in July also sent back the proposal seeking certain modification into it following which the city government dropped its plan to set up an authority called Delhi Municipal Authority and instead decided to create a post of director of civic bodies.
As per the earlier proposal, the chief minister would have been the head of the DMA.
The Delhi Cabinet in June had approved a bill for division of the civic agency into three smaller bodies. The bill along with a proposal for trifurcation of the MCD was later sent to the home ministry for clearance.
As per the bill, the new civic bodies in North and South Delhi will have 104 wards each, while the civic body in East Delhi will have 64 wards.
Both North and South Delhi municipality will have 26 assembly constituencies each while the 16 assembly segments will fall under the East Delhi municipality.