Delhi Cabinet considering move to ensure better administration

The Delhi Cabinet is now expected to take up the issue of dividing the Municipal Corporation of Delhi into five smaller corporations and increasing the total number of wards to 408.

The issue of sub-dividing the MCD for ensuring better administration was discussed at length at a meeting convened by Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and attended among others by Delhi Ministers A. K. Walia, Raj Kumar Chauhan and Arvinder Singh Lovely.

As per the proposal, MCD may be divided into five smaller corporations. With clear demarcation of Assembly constituencies within its jurisdiction, the corporation of Trans Yamuna will have 16 Assembly constituencies within it and the rest of the four corporations will have 13 constituencies each in their jurisdiction.

There will be a total of 408 wards, with six being put under each Assembly segment. Each ward will cater to a population of about 40,000. There will also be a Principal Commissioner to coordinate the functions of all five corporations.

Incidentally, it was only ahead of the last MCD election that the number of wards in the Corporation had been doubled from 136 to 272, with four being placed under each Assembly segment. But now to streamline the exhaustive mandatory and obligatory functions of the Corporation, further attempts aim at making it its functioning more manageable.

The Delhi Cabinet had earlier in February constituted a political committee on reorganisation of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi comprising these three Ministers and two senior BJP leaders, V.K. Malhotra and Jagdish Mukhi.

The Chief Minister had then stated that the division of the Corporation was essential to ensure “proper administration”. The committee was to go through various reports already made on the MCD restructuring and give its proposals.

Ms. Dikshit had also stated that the committee will look into the functioning of the MCD and recommend a set of feasible steps to overcome hurdles in the way of delivery of services. However, the BJP leaders had demanded that its terms of reference be expanded to bring in Delhi Development Authority and New Delhi Municipal Council as well and when that did not happen both Prof. Malhotra and Prof. Mukhi had resigned from it.

The Delhi BJP has also criticized the decision to sub-divide the MCD as a “political conspiracy of the Congress”.

In a statement, Delhi BJP president Vijender Gupta said on Saturday that “this hasty decision will create inequality and encourage corruption.”

“Before the division of MCD there should be detailed discussion with all the parties and the people of Delhi so that the merits and demerits of the decision may be known,'' he said.

  • Six wards, catering to a population of 40,000, to be put under each Assembly segment
  • BJP unhappy with move, calls it political conspiracy of the Congress