The Delhi government has proposed to create a new municipal authority that will likely be headed by the chief minister in a bid to wrest control over the national capital's civic administration.
The Delhi Municipal Authority (DMA) will help improve coordination between the three proposed municipal corporations of east, north and south Delhi, with their mayors, standing committee chairpersons and commissioners as its members, government officials said.
The chief minister is likely to be the chairperson of DMA, they said. The proposal to form the DMA has been included in the draft amendment bill to the Delhi Municipal Corporation Act 1957.
The Delhi cabinet on Tuesday approved the amendments to be made to the DMC Act, which propose the trifurcation of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD). The amendment bill, along with the detailed proposal to divide the MCD, would now be sent to Union home ministry for approval.
After the home ministry's approval, the proposal would be tabled in the Delhi assembly. "We will try to hurry it up as much as we can, as municipal polls will be held in March 2012," chief minister Sheila Dikshit told reporters after the cabinet meeting.
The amendment bill also proposes to reserve 58% seats for women and 8% for scheduled caste candidates.
The total number of municipal wards, however, will remain 272. While north Delhi and south Delhi corporations will have 104 municipal wards each, the east Delhi corporation will be smaller, with 64 municipal wards.
The three corporations will each have a mayor, a standing committee, a house and a municipal commissioner.
"The boundaries of the municipal wards would remain the same," Dikshit said. "There will be no delimitation commission. This exercise is purely for better civic administration. The present MCD is too wide for Delhi and it is unmanageable."