Focusing on civic development, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) led Delhi government is set to end the perennial problem of multiplicity of authorities with the Delhi Nagara Swaraj Bill 2014.
Through this bill, the government wants to make the people of the city a part of the decision-making process.
The bill — a copy of which is with HT — is likely to be tabled in the upcoming special session of the Delhi Assembly from February 13 to 16. The Jan Lokpal Bill will also be tabled in this assembly session.
Several rounds of meetings have taken place to finalise the draft of the bill, and a meeting was also held on Sunday to complete the draft.
Under Swaraj every ward in the city will be divided into eight to 12 mohallas and any work in that mohalla would be undertaken after consultation with the residents and a nod from the mohalla sabha.
A member of the mohalla sabha has to be a registered voter of the mohalla, and even homeless persons above 18 years registered with the Delhi Urban Shelter Improvement Board can be members of that body. Elections for the body will be held by the State Election Commission and would comprise two representatives — a man and a woman.
If the Bill is passed, the oft-repeated excuses of a particular development work not being in the jurisdiction of one agency would no longer work as each local body or department will constitute a group of employees who will provide services in each ward to meet the requirements of the mohalla sabha.
From sweeping and cleaning of roads and streets, repair and maintenance of parks and streetlights to cleaning of drains, maintaining and operating the parking lots all local projects will be undertaken after consultations with the local residents.
Even liquor vends will be opened after permission from the residents and police will have to inform them in case they file any FIR in the colony. Apart from the mohalla sabha and mohalla committee, a ward-level committee will also be set up for each ward in the municipal corporation.
“To qualify for discussion in mohalla sabha meeting, a proposal should be signed by at least 20 members and submitted at least 20 days before the meeting. Before the start of any development work, the detailed estimates and sketches of the work will be placed before the mohalla sabha,” said a senior Delhi government official.