Delhi’s three civic bodies unified after a decade: What it means | Latest News Delhi

Written by Ishika Yadav | Edited by Chandrasekhar Srinivasan

The municipal corporation’s decades-old bifurcation of Delhi’s municipal corporation – to consolidate urban local governance in the national capital – ended on Sunday with the formal taking over of the consolidated MCD. The 1992 batch IAS officer Ashwini Kumar and the 1998 batch officer Gnanesh Bharti took over as the special commissioner appointed by the central government and the MCD commissioner.

Kumar will be the top executive in civic affairs until the new House is elected.

The merger of the three civic bodies – the North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations – has been joined by a political slasher between the Bharatiya Janata Party at the Center and the Aam Aadmi Party with the government in Delhi. The AAP has called the entire process a ‘strategy to delay elections’ for all three civic bodies.

Delimitation, restructuring ahead

The consolidated MCD is now in place – and the Special Officer and the new Commissioner of Public Works – restructuring and reorganization of municipal staff is also likely to begin.

Civilian officials have previously said that about 700 employees will be ‘surplus’ after the consolidation and noted that it is challenging to accommodate everyone. “Those who work in the deputation will be returned to their parent departments to accommodate the employees in the consolidated MCD,” an official told PTI.

The consolidation has reduced the number of wards in the city from 272 to 250 – meaning that the MCD must undergo a delimitation exercise before the election, news agency PTI said.

The Center will create a delimitation commission to carry out the identification of wards.

Trifractionation of MCD

The MCD was split in 2012 when the late Congress leader Sheila Dixit was the chief minister. A bill to consolidate the three bodies was passed in the Lok Sabha on March 30 and the Rajya Sabha on April 5.

The bill was drafted into law after President Ram Nath Kovind approved it on April 18.

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