MCD house rejects agency’s division

August 5th, 2011 - 9:33 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Aug 5 (IANS) The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) house Friday unanimously passed a resolution rejecting division of the civic agency, as proposed by the Delhi government, in a special meeting chaired by Mayor Rajni Abbi.

“The Delhi government wants to usurp the powers of the MCD through trifurcation. The government is interfering with the MCD because it is insecure about its own image being endangered by the efficiency of the civic body,” said Subhash Arya, leader of the house.

The Delhi cabinet in April decided “in principle” to split the MCD into five smaller bodies ahead of the 2012 municipal polls. The proposal has been sent to the home ministry for consideration.

Councillor and ex-mayor Farhad Suri said: “The main contention is not about the granting or denying powers to the MCD, but about providing relief to Delhiites who are already over-burdened.”

The house resolution has placed a set of further demands before the home ministry, including giving Delhi the status of a state, that the Delhi government not be allowed to override the constitutional rights of the civic body, that the civic agency should be allowed to function independently, and the election of the mayor be done by a mayor-in-council for a term of five years.

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