What’s in a name? A lot of confusion, apparently, especially if two of the city’s civic agencies share a common one.
Officials fear that residents may confuse the NDMC abbreviation of one of the new civic bodies, North Delhi Municipal Corporation, with the original NDMC or the New Delhi Municipal Council.
According to a senior official of the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, the framers of the Delhi Municipal (Amendment) Act 2011 that led to the MCD split, did not think it through before coming up with names for the three new corporations.
“Having two civic bodies with similar names in the same city, has already started leading to confusion. Recently, when someone was told to visit the headquarters of NDMC, which is Civic Centre, he reached Palika Kendra, which is the other NDMC’s headquarters,” he said.
RK Srivastava, director of local bodies, that will oversee the coordination of the three new corporations, said that having the same abbreviation should not be a problem.
“If two people can share the same initials, so can two civic bodies. One is a corporation and the other is a council,” he said.
The Urban Development Department of the government of NCT framed the names on the basis of their location.
So, the area towards south is South Delhi Municipal Corporation, the area opposite it is North Delhi Municipal Corporation and the area on the other side of Yamuna is East Delhi Municipal Corporation.
The older New Delhi Municipal Council came into existence in March 1913 when it was called the Imperial Delhi Committee, a local authority to manage the newly-constructed Capital of the British Empire.
The committee was renamed New Delhi Municipal Committee (NDMC) after the Capital was officially christened ‘New Delhi’ in 1927.
Initially operating from rented offices, NDMC finally got its own headquarters — Town Hall — in the early 1930s.
This building was demolished in the 1970s to make way for the present Palika Kendra, which had the distinction of being one of the tallest buildings in Delhi for many years.
The feat has now been overtaken by the North Delhi and South Delhi Municipal Corporation that has its headquarters in the 28-storey Civic Centre on Minto Road. In May 1994, the NDMC Act 1994 replaced the Punjab Municipal Act 1911 and the Committee was renamed as the New Delhi Municipal Council.