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Delhi Govt sends proposal for MCD trifurcation

Delhi Cabinet accepted recommendations of a high-level committee suggesting to split civic body into five smaller municipalities.



New Delhi: Delhi government has sent a fresh proposal to the Home Ministry making certain changes in its earlier proposal for trifurcation of the MCD ahead of next year`s municipal polls.

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Saturday said, a fresh proposal making certain changes was sent to Union Home Ministry for approval by Lt Governor Tejinder Khanna yesterday.

The city government envisaged setting up of a new body called Delhi Municipal Authority (DMA) to coordinate functioning of the three proposed municipalities but the Home Ministry had objected to setting up of the authority.

Following the objection, the city government dropped its plan to set up the DMA and instead decided to create a post of director of civic bodies which will coordinate among the three municipalities.

"Now, we have decided to create a post of director to coordinate functioning of the three proposed municipalities," Dikshit said.

The Home Ministry had a last month sent back the proposal seeking the modification on the ground that coordination among the proposed civic bodies may be difficult in case separate parties come to power in three municipalities as well as in Delhi government.

As per the earlier proposal, the Chief Minister, would have been the head of the DMA. Sources said, the Home Ministry sought modification in the proposal to ensure proper coordination among the municipalities as well as keep their functioning free from political influence.

Dikshit said, she was hopeful of getting the clearance from Home Ministry soon.

The Delhi Cabinet in June had approved a bill for division of the civic agency into three smaller bodies. The bill along with a proposal for trifurcation of the MCD was later sent to the Home Ministry for clearance.

Dikshit, who has been strongly pushing for trifurcation of the civic body, had met Home Minister P Chidambaram twice last month seeking his early nod to the proposal so that the bill could be tabled in the monsoon session of Delhi Assembly, which begins on Monday.

Dikshit has been strongly pushing for trifurcation of the MCD as well as increasing reservation of seats for women to 50 per cent from the current 33 per cent ahead of next year`s municipal polls.

The MCD elections will be held early next year and Dikshit has already said that the city government wants to complete the process of division of the body ahead of polls. As per the bill, the new civic bodies in North and South Delhi will have 104 wards each, while the civic body in East Delhi will have 64 wards.

Both North and South Delhi municipality will have 26 assembly constituencies each, while the 16 assembly segments will fall under the East Delhi municipality.

Dikshit had to face lot of opposition from within Congress for her proposal to split the civic body ahead of the municipal polls with several Congress leaders even going to party Chief Sonia Gandhi to oppose the move.

In April, the Delhi Cabinet had accepted recommendations of a high-level committee, headed by Health Minister A K Walia, which suggested splitting the civic body into five smaller municipalities. The panel also suggested increasing total number of wards from the current 272 to around 408.

However, after much deliberation within the party and discussions with senior AICC leaders, it was decided to split the MCD into three parts and keep the number of wards at 272.

PTI

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