New Delhi: The Delhi Government on Wednesday tabled the proposal for MCD's trifurcation in the state Assembly amidst protest by BJP MLAs who wanted an assurance that FDI in multi-brand retail will not be implemented in the national capital city.

Besides splitting the MCD into three smaller bodies, the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill also provides for transfer of certain powers to Delhi Government in overseeing functioning of new bodies as well as giving approval to rules and by-laws to be framed by them.

Tabling the bill on the first day of a two-day special session, Urban Development Minister Raj Kumar Chauhan said the division of MCD was felt necessary to improve civic services.

"Serious concerns had been expressed for quite some time about the constant deteriorating state of basic civic services in Delhi and ever increasing woes of the Delhiites on that account," Chauhan said, justifying the move to split the MCD, currently run by BJP.

As BJP MLAs shouted slogans in support of their demands, Speaker Yoganand Shastri first adjourned the House for half-an-hour and then again for 10 minutes after Chauhan tabled the bill. The Speaker adjourned the House for the day when it met after the second adjournment as BJP MLAs again entered into to the Well of the House.

Even after the Assembly regained its business after being adjourned for 20 minute, the Opposition showed no signs of ending the uproar. As the BJP MLAs continued to demand a discussion on the issue of FDI in retail, the Minister tabled the Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill-2011 at the Speaker’s directive. The house immediately accepted the bill.

The debate on the bill is expected to take place on Thursday and most probably it would also get the nod of the house on the same day.

Accepting a long-standing demand of Dikshit, the Home Ministry had last week approved the bill giving a go ahead to the Delhi government to trifurcate MCD ahead of civic polls in April next year.

JPN/Bureau