[mpisgmedia] centralisation and decentralisation

Wednesday, July 28, 2004
Indian Express

Demolition drive to make room for Civic Centre today

New Delhi, July 27: A demolition drive by the MCD will begin tomorrow on Minto Road to make way for the much-awaited Civic Centre. The Centre will function as MCD’s headquarters in place of the Victorian Town Hall building in Chandni Chowk.

The MCD will be demolishing around 22 houses, including a PWD residential complex. Earlier, the civic body had sent a notice to the residents of the colony to vacate the houses voluntarily.

The demolition will comprise the first phase of the civic body’s drive. In its second phase, the MCD will be demolishing a slum behind its City Zone office. Once completed, the 30-storey Civic Centre — to be inaugurated by Congress chief Sonia Gandhi on October 2 — will be the tallest building in the Capital.

The Civic Centre will comprise two main towers — one will house the MCD headquarters, while the second will house the Corporate wing including offices, banks, restaurants etc. The Civic Centre will have one main auditorium, internal basement parking for more than 2,500 cars, five-star hotels, art galleries and a cultural centre.

Dec 13, 2004 The Hindu

Three way split in the MCD in the offing

By Our Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI, DEC. 13 . The Delhi Cabinet today deliberated at length on the issue of trifurcation of Municipal Corporation of Delhi, a promise made in the manifesto of the Congress party during the last elections. It is understood that the Cabinet agreed in principle to split the Corporation into three smaller bodies -- East Delhi, North Delhi and South Delhi -- but decided to wait for a final word from the State Law Department before putting its seal of approval.

At the meeting of the Cabinet held under the leadership of the Chief Minister, Sheila Dikshit, approval was also granted for introduction of the Delhi Cooperative Bill, 2003, during the winter session of the Assembly. Although the Congress Councillors have opposed the split and have even petitioned the party high command against any such move, the Sheila Dikshit Government has moved in to fulfil the commitment made to the people at the time of Assembly and Lok Sabha polls. "We will need to bring in a new legislation for this purpose. This is the reason the matter has been referred to the Law Department. We will only move ahead after a nod from the Law Department in the next few days,'' the Chief Minister informed.

Under the proposed 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.

According to the proposal, 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. While the East Delhi Corporation would have eight members in its Standing Committee, North Delhi Corporation will have 12 and South Delhi 10.

Covering 735 sq. km and with 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, catering to civic needs of 32.2 lakh population, will be spread over 135 sq. km and will have 32 Wards. The proposal states 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.

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