New Delhi: Although the Delhi government has forwarded the draft Bill for the trifurcation of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) to the Union Home Ministry on Wednesday, a string of protests over the issue are still continuing.

Raising objections on the draft, Delhi Mayor Rajni Abbi has sought time from Union Home Minister P Chidambaram to make her stand on the issue. Mayor’s office was abuzz with activities on Thursday after the draft Bill was handed over to the Home ministry.

In her letter to Chidambaram, Abbi has reminded him about a meeting in which he had assured her in the presence of MCD leader of the House Subhash Arya,Standing Committee Chairman Yogendra Chandolia on May 26 that everyone will be given an opportunity to express his\ her opinion before a decision is taken on the trifurcation process.

The Mayor in the letter has also mentioned that after the Delhi government has sent the draft, leaders at the helm of the corporation should be given a chance to keep their stand also.

“I have written a letter to Union Home Minister to remind him of his assurances. MCD’s opinion was not sought on the issue which is important for people living under the agency’s jurisdiction,” said Abbi. Trifurcation of MCD means weakening of the local bodies, she added.

In her letter, she stated that 99 percent of Delhi’s population and 96 percent of its area falls under MCD jurisdiction.

Abbi added, “Sheila Dikshit led Delhi government is not doing right by trifurcating MCD in view of Delhi’s development. It has been a habit of the government to raise issues occasionally related to the agency.”

It should be noted that the number of wards were increased from 134 to 272 before the local body elections in 2007.

JPN/Bureau