After the defeat in the MCD elections, the Delhi government now wants to have a greater control on the civic body.
Following proposals to hand over 60 feet wide roads to the Public Works Department and then the Education wing of the MCD to the state government, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has now asked that the slum and JJ wing of the civic body be handed over to the Delhi government.
In a letter to Union Urban Development Minister Jaipal Reddy last week, Dikshit said the Slum and JJ wing of the MCD should be given to the state government as it was in a better position to develop them through multi-storied apartments.
“At present, the slums in Delhi are characterised by neglect and lack of development,” said Dikshit in her letter to Reddy. According to government officials, a population of 30 lakh lives in the slums and their living condition remains as bad as ever. “The MCD has several other responsibilities,” said a senior official on the neglect of the slum dwellers in the city.
Dikshit, in her letter, pointed out that the Slum and JJ Department of MCD has functional autonomy and has been shifting between the DDA and MCD ever since it was created in 1957.
The department was transferred to the MCD from DDA in 1960, It was back with the DDA in 1974. Four years later in 1978, MCD got it back. In 1980, DDA again became the controlling agency of the Slums. The MCD gained controlled 12 years later in 1992 and since then it remains with the civic body.
As the Delhi government is executing its policy to provide cheap and subsidised accommodation to the slum dwellers in multi-storied apartments, it wants the Centre to hasten the decision of the transfer.