MCD split: Delhi Mayor slams `anti-people` proposal
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Last Updated: Monday, May 30, 2011, 22:33
New Delhi: Slamming the Delhi government for proposing trifurcation of MCD, city Mayor Rajni Abbi on Monday requested the Union Home Minister to hear the views of the civic body before reaching a final decision on the issue.

She also said all political parties in MCD has opposed the plan and if need be, they will take to streets.

The proposal for creating three independent municipal corporations for East, North, and South Delhi as approved by the Delhi government will pose an extra financial burden of Rs 2,000 crore per annum due to the need for additional infrastructure and creation of new posts, Abbi claimed.

The Mayor requested Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to seriously view the whole issue and give proper time for patient hearing to MCD before reaching a decision.

She said that in the proposed structure, the executive wing will be stronger than the deliberative wing and all the powers will be taken away from the elected representatives and given to bureaucrats.

"There is a proposal to give more powers to municipal commissioners. There will be Chief Commissioner in Delhi government above the three commissioners. And finally above them all, the Chief Minister will have the command to make the things move according to her whims and fancies," she said.

The Mayor said there will be disputes and difference of opinions among the corporations, which will be difficult to solve. "This is a step in the reverse direction for Delhi."

"East Delhi has hardly 10 per cent of revenue generation in terms of property tax, although one-third of the population of Delhi lives there. The same way, there is imbalance in the income from North and South Delhi. Would Delhi government give funds for these corporations always?" she asked.


First Published: Monday, May 30, 2011, 22:33

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