With all three corporations trying to operate out of the old MCD headquarters — the Civic Centre — it seems that the trifurcation may not have its desired effect after all.
After the North and South Delhi Municipal Corporations set up office here, the East Delhi Municipal Corporation (EDMC) too has requested for space in the building.
EDMC councillors have made an appeal to the newly elected mayor Annapurna Mishra to transfer their office to the Civic Centre till the time that their office at Udyog Bhavan in Patparganj Industrial area is ‘set up properly’.
Currently, the building lacks facilities and enough space to accommodate all officials of the civic body. Rooms are also few and basic facilities of drinking water and sanitation are scanty.
According to a councillor, 20 officials have been crammed into a single room and there are not enough halls to conduct proper meetings.
The five-storey building belonging to DSIIDC was given to EDMC by the Delhi government in lieu of an MCD building at Lajpat Nagar.
The EDMC is still to gain rights on all five-storeys, and so far has been given access to only three floors, thereby leading to the space crunch.
Meanwhile, Subhash Arya, leader of the House, South Delhi Municipal Corporation (SDMC) said it may not be possible to give EDMC space at the Civic Centre since all floors have already been distributed between South and North Corporation. “The division has been made by Directorate of Local Bodies and it is too late to change it.
The EDMC has requested for space but our hands are tied,” he said.
The 28-storey Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civic Centre located on Minto Road has been in demand before as well, with many departments eyeing space at the swanky headquarters.