Though barely three working days are left for the deadline to shift to the Civic Centre, only 11-odd departments of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) have moved there so far.
After several postponements, the MCD had finally started shifting in phases to the new 28-storey civic headquarters - the tallest building in the city at 112 meters - from November 11.
The civic body had drawn up an elaborate phase-wise plan for shifting to the new headquarters vis-à-vis allotment of floor/space as approved by the municipal commissioner to be completed by December 8. Situated near the Ramlila Maidan in central Delhi, the Shyamaprasad Mukherjee Civic Centre, built at a cost of R650 crore, has a glitzy glass and steel facade.
However, only 11 departments including land estate, education, planning and management, factory licensing, remunerative projects cell, advertisement department and director (printing stationary) have shifted there. Most of the other departments are in various stages of shifting but going by the speed, it seems unlikely that the entire process would be completed by December 8.
While officials from a few departments have gone and taken a look at the new premises, others are waiting for their area to be furnished completely.
However, the MCD officials do not think it as a big deal. Said a senior MCD official, "A deadline was needed to ensure people actually start shifting. We are confident most of the departments would be at the new premises by the end of next week." The official added,
"What is the big deal if we exceed the deadline by a day or two?"