Wednesday, July 28,

Indian Express


Demolition drive to make room for Civic Centre


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

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

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

Dec 13, 2004 The Hindu

Three way split in the MCD in the

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.