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Trifurcation process of MCD to start: Delhi CM

Last Updated: Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 23:30

New Delhi: After strongly pushing for
splitting the MCD ahead of next year`s municipal polls, Chief
Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said the process of division of
the civic agency will be set in motion in next eight to ten
days.

Dikshit, after a meeting with Home Minister P
Chidambaram, said the Centre is likely to give its clearance
to the long-awaited proposal "very soon" following which the
assembly will be convened later this month for giving approval
to a bill for division of the MCD.

"I hope it will be very soon, in the next eight-ten days
or a week," she said later replying to a question on when the
process for trifurcation is expected to be set in motion.

In the meeting with Chidambaram, Dikshit strongly argued
for splitting the MCD and sought Home Ministry`s approval to
the proposal so that the entire process could be completed
well ahead of coming into force of the code of conduct of the
Election Commission. The municipal polls are scheduled to be
held in April next year.

Sounded determined to split the MCD ahead of the polls,
Dikshit said she requested the Home Minister to clear the
proposal "as soon as possible"

"I have come here to discuss the MCD issue. Whatever
reply the Home Minister had sought has been given to him. We
came to emphasise that it would be good if it takes place as
early as possible because we have to pass it (the bill) in the
assembly. The assembly will sit in October," she said.

Asked about Chidambaram`s response, she said, "The Home
Minister said that the Lt Governor has given a report which he
has not seen yet. But I hope he will see it soon."

The Home Ministry had last month returned the proposal to
the city government wanting to know specifically what would be
the administrative structure, distribution of funds and how
the city government plans to ensure proper coordination among
three proposed bodies. The government had sent a fresh
proposal earlier this month.

Officials said a special session of assembly will be
called immediately after getting the go-ahead from the Home
Ministry to the proposal as a bill will have to be passed by
the House to split the civic body.

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.

She had to face opposition from within Congress for her
proposal 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 the number of wards would
be kept at 272.

Dikshit had met Home Minister P Chidambaram twice in July
to request him to clear the proposal.

The Home Ministry had in July also sent back the proposal
seeking certain modification into it following which the city
government dropped its plan to set up an authority called
Delhi Municipal Authority and instead decided to create a post
of director of civic bodies.

As per the earlier proposal, the Chief Minister would
have been the head of the DMA.

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.

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.

PTI

First Published: Thursday, October 13, 2011 - 23:30

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