New Delhi, Jan 30 (Agencies): The Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) till now hasn’t shifted to its new headquarters and the blame goes to European winters.

The agency might shift to Civic Centre in April. The heavy snowfall across Europe this winter and the resultant travel disruptions have delayed import of high-quality pre-fabricated panels which are being used in building the meeting halls at the Dr Shyama Prasad Mukherjee Civic Centre -- the city's tallest building.

Though a number of departments have already shifted to the 112-metre, 28-storey building, the deliberative wing inlcuding the offices of the Mayor, Deputy Mayor and Standing Committee Chairman is yet to move.

The new headquarters of the MCD was unveiled by Union Home Minister P Chidamabaram in April 2010 amid much fanfare.

"The meeting halls, including the one in which the meeting of the House will be held, is still under construction. This was due to delay in importing the panels from Europe which saw unprecedented snowfall this time," a senior MCD leader said.

Earlier, it was being said that the import of light and sound equipment from the US was also delayed due to the Christmas festivities there.

"There is no use shifting now when the Standing Committee and House meetings will have to be held in Town Hall only.

Though we have given the builder agency a deadline of February, it seems impossible that work will be over by then. We hope the first meeting of April can be held in the new building," the leader said.

Earlier, the MCD had said the Lieutenant Governor of Delhi may unveil the deliberative wing of MCD and address the councillors when the civic body holds its first House meeting in its new headquarters.

The Civic Centre, built at a cost of Rs 650 crore, will cater to 20,000 footfalls a day and will bring under one roof the deliberative wing and different offices of the civic body, which looks after 96 per cent of areas of Delhi.