Home Ministry returns proposal on MCD split

Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has been strongly pushing for trifurcation of the MCD.

New Delhi: In a setback to Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit`s efforts, the Union Home Ministry has again returned to the Delhi government its proposal to trifurcate
the MCD ahead of the next year`s civic polls and sought fresh details about administrative structure and financial aspect of the proposed bodies.

The Home Ministry has sent a set of queries to the Delhi government wanting to know specifically the proposed administrative structure, financial details and how it plans to ensure proper coordination among the proposed bodies, top government sources said.

"We have received a fresh set of questions from the Home Ministry," they said.

The city government last month had sent a fresh proposal to the Union Home Ministry making certain changes in its original proposal.

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

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

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

The opposition BJP is also opposing the move tooth and nail.

Dikshit had met Home Minister P Chidambaram twice in July to request him to clear the proposal at the earliest. Last month, the city government made some amendments to its earlier proposal.