New Delhi: Following the report of the Walia committee, the state Cabinet has in-principle approved splitting of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi into five units.

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit said, “The committee has submitted its report to the government. We have also received suggestions from the members of the civic body.”

The final nod would be given in 2-3 days, she added. The state government wants to improve the functioning of the corporation before the Municipal elections to be held in 2012.

The number of wards will be increased from 272 to 410. Currently, discussions on format of the MCD are underway.

According to Dr AK Walia committee report, MCD will be split into five units and for every unit there will be six councillors. It is also suggested to have one councillor for 40, 000 population.

The Delhi government had formed a political committee for restructuring the MCD a month ago under the leadership of Walia. Urban Development Minister Rajkumar Chauhan and Education Minister of Delhi Arvinder Singh Lovely were also a part of the team.

Opposition leader Prof VK Malhotra and BJP MLA Jagdish Mukhi, were also included in the committee but they had tendered their resignation to Dikshit.

The Walia committee prepared its report following the suggestions of Deepchand Bandhu Committee and Prof Vijay Kumar Malhotra Committee, which were formed earlier.

JPN/Bureau