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Long wait: Home ministry yet to approve MCD trifurcation

delhi Updated: Nov 08, 2011 23:17 IST

The Union home ministry is yet to send a formal approval to the Delhi government on its proposal for trifurcation of MCD - strongly being pushed by chief minister Sheila Dikshit - despite an indication to this effect last week.

The officials said that the decision may take some more time.

"The home ministry told us that the proposal will be cleared by today. But we are yet to get the approval," Dikshit said after emerging from a Cabinet meeting. The Chief Minister, who has been a strong votary of splitting the MCD ahead of municipal polls early next year, had met home minister P Chidambaram on Saturday, after which she said that the proposal would be cleared by Tuesday.

Top Delhi government officials said that the Home Ministry has agreed in principle to clear the proposal and a formal communication was awaited in this regard.

Chief secretary PK Tripathi said it may take some more time for the formal clearance to come as Home Ministry may seek views of Union Law Ministry on the proposal.

"It may take some more time as the Home Ministry may send the proposal to the law ministry," Tripathi said.

Dikshit said an assembly session would be called shortly after approval to the proposal is sent by the Home Ministry to Delhi Government.

"We have not prorogued the last assembly. So, we will be able to call an assembly session at short notice to seek clearance to the proposed trifurcation of the MCD," said Dikshit.

Last week, the Home Ministry wanted certain amendments in the proposal, specifically on appointment of commissioners for the three proposed municipal councils so as to allow the Centre to continue to have a say in the process.

Dikshit had raised the issue with Congress President Sonia Gandhi in a meeting last Wednesday.