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One to three, MCD is history

delhi Updated: Apr 18, 2012 03:26 IST
Hamari Jamatia
Hamari Jamatia
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Trifurcation has not only failed as a poll tactic for the Congress but the division of the erstwhile MCD into three separate corporations is sure going to create confusion for Delhi residents.

With the result of the MCD elections out, Delhiites will now have to live with three separate civic bodies adjudicating local issues in their respective areas instead of the old civic behemoth.

But from May 1, residents would be faced with the daunting task of finding out which office to visit to avail of facilities such as birth/death certificates, getting sanction for building plans and completion certificates.

Currently, residents visit zonal offices for such amenities. But seven of the 12 zones of MCD have also been split between the South and North municipal corporations and the final call on under which civic body they will fall will be decided only once the new corporations start functioning.

Though the BJP has got clear majority in the two of the three corporations, but when it comes to the dividing line between the areas of jurisdcition between the new municipalities, things are still unclear.

Most of Daryaganj, for example, falls under South Delhi Corporation but a small area surrounding Delhi Gate falls under North Delhi Corporation. Rajinder Nagar and Shadipur are adjoining wards but while the former has been placed in North Delhi, the latter has been given to South Delhi.

Similarly, Tilak Nagar and Moti Nagar are geographically adjacent to each other but Tilak Nagar can wear the ‘posh’ tag after being brought under the South Delhi Corporation while Moti Nagar has to be content with being North Delhi.

The fate of East Delhi is more or less clear since Yamuna forms a natural border for the corporation. But the East Delhi civic body will face the daunting task of improving the condition of hundreds of unauthorised colonies and slums that dot the area.

On the other hand, the posh tag for an area to be under the South Delhi Corporation may come at a premium, as affluent areas pay more property tax as well. Once the three corporations start functioning, each one will bring in its own tax regime and since it is the biggest source of income, the taxes are expected to rise, mostly in South Delhi as it is more commercialised than the other two.

Since East Delhi mostly consists of unauthorised colonies that pay no tax, the brunt of running the East Delhi Corporation may fall on the shoulders of the legalised housing societies.