New Delhi: BJP leaders in MCD on Thursday slammed
the Delhi government`s decision to recommend splitting of MCD
into five parts, saying it will lead to disintegration of
civic services and add to the financial burden of citizens.
The Congress in MCD, which was also opposing the proposed
division of the civic body, said views of councillors should
have been heard before taking a final decision.
A meeting of the Delhi Cabinet, presided over by Chief
Minister Sheila Dikshit, earlier in the day accepted the
recommendations of a high-level committee which suggested
splitting the MCD into five smaller municipalities besides
increasing the number of wards from current 272 to around 410.
The government will recommend the same to the Centre.
"The decision would be a burden on government exchequer.
Powerless and toothless small corporations will cause
disintegration of civic services. Constitution of five
corporations will add to the financial burden of citizens,"
Subhash Arya, Leader of the House in MCD, said while strongly
condemning the move.
"The expenditure will increase manifold...There are some
areas from where we get very less amount of property tax, but
the same is balanced by recovery from other areas from where
we get good amount of property tax. If we divide the
corporation, the income will also be restricted to that
particular corporation. This will affect the uniform
development of the the city," he said.
The BJP leader said constitution of independent
corporations will involve additional staff, thus increasing
the expenditure that will ultimately burden the citizens.
Chairman of the MCD Standing Committee Yogender Chandolia
said with municipal wards being increased to over 400, more
independent candidates will be elected in the civic body. "As
they will not be from any political party, they will not be
answerable to the people," he felt.
The Congress in MCD had also been opposing the proposed
split saying it will aid independents in next year`s MCD polls
and cause problems for it. "The last time wards were increased
from 134 to 272, Congress failed miserably in the polls,"
Leader of Opposition Jai Kishan Sharma had said earlier.
He had also met Dikshit and AICC General Secretary
Janardhan Dwivedi to lobby against the split.
Sharma was today cautious on his reaction.
"We had conveyed our feelings to the leadership. If after
that a decision has been taken may be I should not say
anything. But I want to say that it would have been better if
views of Congress councillors were taken into consideration.
They were not consulted," he said.