MCD chief to present trifurcation plan

NEW DELHI, AUG. 21. In the wake of the recent bribery scam and demands to set things right in the Congress-ruled Municipal Corporation of Delhi, the Municipal Commissioner, Rakesh Mehta, will make a formal presentation to the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, and her Cabinet colleagues on a proposed break-up of the civic body into three smaller ones -- East, North and South Delhi. However, the move might face strong opposition within the Congress party itself as some Councillors are dead against it.

Mr. Mehta, who had made a presentation on the split to the Cabinet on May 24, is of the view that there would be no need to amend the MCD Act at the Central level. Only a small amendment will enable the Government to split the Corporation into three parts. This will increase efficiency levels and also make the grievance redressal system more effective and professional. The presentation will be made on Monday, a day ahead of the meeting of the Congress Legislature Party to discuss the issue.

Under the new system, the Corporation would be split into three parts. It would be re-christened as the East Delhi Corporation consisting of Shahdara North and Shahdara South areas, the North Delhi Corporation consisting of the entire Walled City, Civil Lines, Narela, Karol Bagh, City and Rohini Zones, and the South Delhi Corporation comprising Central, West, South and Najafgarh Zones.

Each Corporation will have two additional commissioners and the senior most would be the commissioner of that Corporation. Instead of one Standing Committee, there will be three Standing Committees giving enough opportunity for representation to all sections of Councillors who are presently deprived of any position in such important bodies. While the East Delhi Corporation would have eight members in its Standing Committee, North Delhi Corporation will have 12 and South Delhi 10. There is also a proposal to merge the Trans-Yamuna Development Board with the proposed East Delhi Corporation to make it financially viable.

Covering 735 sq. km and with a 57.6-lakh population, the South Delhi Corporation with 54 Wards would be the largest among the three new civic bodies. Spread over 525 sq. km, the North Delhi Corporation would have 48 Wards and cover a population of 52.5 lakhs.

The East Delhi Corporation with cater to the civic needs of a 32.2 lakh population and will be spread over 135 sq. km with 32 Wards. The presentation had stated that all the roads above 80 feet should be transferred to the Public Works Department, and all the six major hospitals of the MCD should be taken over by the Delhi Government.