Merger of Delhi municipalities: Unified corporation to have only 250 members

At present, the three corporations in Delhi; North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations have a total of 272 seats. While North and South corporations have 104 seats each, the East corporation has 64.

Merger of Delhi municipalities: Unified corporation to have only 250 members
MoS Home Nityanand Rai introduces Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill, 2022, in Lok Sabha. Courtesy: ANI

New Delhi: The Lok Sabha presented a bill to merge all Municipal Corporation of Delhi to make it one. The bill which was tabled in the parliament, however, proposes to have no more than 250 seats in the entire corporation.

It also proposed having a special officer oversee its function till the first meeting of the body is held under the reunification law, according to a bill on the merger. The Bill also said that the trifurcation of the Municipal Corporation of Delhi done in 2011 was not proper in terms of territorial divisions and revenue-generating potential.

The bill proposes that the total number of seats of councillors and those reserved for Scheduled Castes members in the merged body will be determined by the Central government through a notification in the official gazette.

One of the provisions of the proposed bill says that the total number of seats in the merged body "shall in no case be more than 250”.

At present, the three corporations in Delhi; North, South and East Delhi Municipal Corporations have a total of 272 seats. While North and South corporations have 104 seats each, the East corporation has 64.

The Union Cabinet had on Tuesday approved the bill to merge the three municipal corporations of Delhi.
In 2011, the law was amended by the Delhi legislative assembly leading to the trifurcation of the Corporation into three separate bodies.

The main objective of trifurcation was to create smaller municipalities at various centres in Delhi in the interest of providing more efficient civic services to the public.

But over the years, the municipalities began facing financial crunch even to the extent that municipalities did not have funds to pay salaries of the staff.

The bills said that the objective of the trifurcation could not be achieved as was expected. The Delhi Municipal Corporation (Amendment) Bill seeks to unify the three municipal corporations into a single, integrated and well-equipped entity.