New Delhi: After strongly pushing for splitting the MCD ahead of next year's municipal polls, Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Thursday said the process of division of the civic agency will be set in motion in next eight to ten days.

Dikshit, after a meeting with Home Minister P Chidambaram, said the Centre is likely to give its clearance to the long-awaited proposal "very soon" following which the assembly will be convened later this month for giving approval to a bill for division of the MCD.

"I hope it will be very soon, in the next eight-ten days or a week," she said later replying to a question on when the process for trifurcation is expected to be set in motion.

In the meeting with Chidambaram, Dikshit strongly argued for splitting the MCD and sought Home Ministry's approval to the proposal so that the entire process could be completed
well ahead of coming into force of the code of conduct of the Election Commission. The municipal polls are scheduled to be held in April next year.

Sounded determined to split the MCD ahead of the polls, Dikshit said she requested the Home Minister to clear the proposal "as soon as possible"

"I have come here to discuss the MCD issue. Whatever reply the Home Minister had sought has been given to him. We came to emphasise that it would be good if it takes place as early as possible because we have to pass it (the bill) in the assembly. The assembly will sit in October," she said.

Asked about Chidambaram's response, she said, "The Home Minister said that the Lt Governor has given a report which he has not seen yet. But I hope he will see it soon." 

The Home Ministry had last month returned the proposal to the city government wanting to know specifically what would be the administrative structure, distribution of funds and how the city government plans to ensure proper coordination among three proposed bodies. The government had sent a fresh proposal earlier this month.

Officials said a special session of assembly will be called immediately after getting the go-ahead from the Home Ministry to the proposal as a bill will have to be passed by the House to split the civic body.

Dikshit has been strongly pushing for trifurcation of the MCD as well as increasing reservation of seats for women to 50 percent from the current 33 percent.

She had to face opposition from within Congress for her proposal with several Congress leaders even going to party Chief Sonia Gandhi to oppose the move.

However, after much deliberation within the party and discussions with senior AICC leaders, it was decided the MCD would be split into three parts and the number of wards would be kept at 272.

Dikshit had met Home Minister P Chidambaram twice in July to request him to clear the proposal.

The Home Ministry had in July also sent back the proposal seeking certain modification into it following which the city government dropped its plan to set up an authority called
Delhi Municipal Authority and instead decided to create a post of director of civic bodies.

As per the earlier proposal, the Chief Minister would have been the head of the DMA.

The Delhi Cabinet in June had approved a bill for division of the civic agency into three smaller bodies. The bill along with a proposal for trifurcation of the MCD was later sent to the Home Ministry for clearance.

As per the bill, the new civic bodies in North and South Delhi will have 104 wards each, while the civic body in East Delhi will have 64 wards.

Both North and South Delhi municipality will have 26 assembly constituencies each while the 16 assembly segments will fall under the East Delhi municipality.