MCD's fate to be sealed in a week?

After meeting the Union Home Minister on Thursday, Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit said the proposal of the civic agency's trifurcation should get Centre's clearance soon

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said the process of trifurcation of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) will be set in motion in the next eight to ten days.

After a meeting with home minister P Chidambaram, she said the centre is likely to give its clearance to the proposal very soon, following which, the process would be initiated.

"I hope it will be very soon, in the next eight-ten days or a week," she said, replying to a question about when the process for trifurcation would begin.

Dikshit said she requested Chidambaram to clear the proposal as soon as possible as the government wants to complete the trifurcation process of the MCD ahead of the poll code of conduct coming into force.
MCD elections are slated for April next year. "I have come here to discuss the MCD issue. Whatever reply the home minister had sought, has been given to him.

We came to emphasise that it would be good if it takes place as early as possible because we have to pass it (the Bill) in the assembly. The assembly will sit in October," she said.

Asked about Chidambaram's response, she said, "The home minister said that the Lt Governor has given a report which he has not seen yet. But I hope he will see it soon."

The city government had sent the proposal for trifurcation of MCD to the home ministry in July last.

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