New Delhi: The Central government has rejected Delhi government’s proposal of brining the Municipal Corporation of Delhi under its ambit.

The Union Ministry for Home Affairs (MHA) has expressed its displeasure over state government’s proposal to bring MCD fully under Urban Development Ministry jurisdiction. This provision was added in the proposal sent to the ministry for trifurcation of MCD.

However, the aforesaid ministry has given nod for trifurcation of the civic agency.

The Delhi Cabinet had sent the final draft of splitting MCD into three parts to MHA on June 14. The State government had also proposed to bring MCD under Urban Development Ministry.

According to sources, the MHA has sent the proposal back to the state government stating that a elected body cannot be solely controlled by any other entity.

After Home Ministry’s refusal, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit has asked Chief Secretary P K Tripathi to prepare the response for the Ministry.

However, the good news for the State government is the Home Ministry has given in-principle approval for other points in the amended MCD Bill.

Under this, the MCD will be split into three parts-East Delhi Municipal Corporation, North Delhi Municipal Corporation and South Delhi Municipal Corporation. Every assembly segment will have four Councillors and there would be no change in the number of public representatives being elected to the local body.

Apart from this, 50 percent reservation for women has also been approved.

It is learnt that the process of trifurcation will be complete by September and after Centre’s approval the Bill would be approved in the state assembly.

JPN/Bureau