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The big split, a big fight and a swanky new HQ

india Updated: Dec 31, 2011 01:23 IST
HT Correspondent

The biggest news of 2011 in civic governance was the splitting up of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD).

The union home ministry finally cleared the proposal to split the civic agency in November after suspense of several months. The city will have three MCDs — south, east and north, headed by three municipal commissioners. The municipal elections, scheduled for 2012, will now be conducted under the trifurcated mode.

Delhi government, which had been pressing for trifurcation of the MCD, hopes that the move will bring the civic bodies closer to people and help solve civic issues in a better manner. The government had said with a growing population, catering to the entire city was becoming a difficult task for a single agency.

This year also saw the shifting of the MCD headquarters from the historic Town Hall in Chandni Chowk to the Civic Centre at Minto Road. The new headquarter is the tallest building in the city with 28 floors.

With municipal elections round the corner, the year also witnessed frenzied activity as far as inaugurating and announcing new schemes were concerned. From new school buildings to construction of drains, councillors didn't miss an opportunity to appease the voters.